Monday, January 20, 2014

Florida: Series of Armed Robberies Plaguing Orlando Police Near MCO

According to The Orlando Sentinel, no injuries were reported during an armed robbery of a hotel close to Orlando International Airport that that occurred at 0418 hours on Monday (January 20).
In recent weeks, the armed robbery of the Holiday Inn Express (7900 Conway Road) at MCO is the eleventh hotel or restaurant to be robbed at gunpoint.
Investigators have not yet determined if the Holiday Inn Express robbery is related to a rash of similar armed stick-ups at hotels and restaurants that have plagued Orange County  law enforcement since December 2012.
COMMENT: Yet, investigators’ instincts do tell them that the Holiday Inn robbery is very likely linked to the spate of robberies, although they believe that different crews of gunmen have been used in the stick-ups.
However, investigators do not think all of the robberies are linked but have been perpetrated by different crews of suspected robbers.
Recently, Orlando police responded on January 10 to the La Quinta Inn on Major Boulevard after employees reported that three masked armed persons, two of whom were women, robbed the front desk.
This incident was preceded by robberies at two Homewood Suite hotels near the airport, Universal Studios; at a Courtyard Marriott in Maitland and a Ramada Orlando Downtown off John Young Parkway.
In Orange County, two armed assailants robbed customers eating breakfast on January 14 at a Denny's restaurant on International Drive, which is also near The suspected robbers took purses, wallets, cell phones, other personal items and cash from the business.
Convenience stores, too, particularly 7-Eleven franchisees, have also been targeted by armed persons since December in the Orlando area.
Investigators in most of the cases have gathered surveillance videos and photos of the suspected robbers but so far, law enforcement has not reported any arrests, largely because gun-totters have been masked.

As I continue to urge all witnesses to armed robberies, NEVER, EVER resist an armed robbery by multiple assailants as you are sure to be shot and potentially killed. Please remember that no amount of property is worth your life!