‘Hoodie Bandit’ arrested says Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
VALRICO — Deputies have arrested a man and a woman in the robberies of multiple east Hillsborough County businesses this month.
The Sheriff’s Office says the man is the so-called “Hoodie Bandit,” who wore a hooded sweatshirt as he walked into as many as 10 businesses with a gun and demanded money.
Deputies charged Yener Vahit Belli, 26, with two of the armed robberies. Kara Denise Guggino, 26, is charged in three.
Additional charges are pending as deputies continue to investigate. Deputies said the two robbed the businesses to support addictions to narcotics.
Belli’s father, Vahit Belli, is a cardiologist in Brandon. A woman who answered the phone at his listed address said he was unavailable and did not want to comment.
Information led investigators to follow the younger Belli, of 2300 Green Lawn St. in Brandon, to the parking lot of a closed business at St. Cloud Avenue near State Road 60 on Thursday, deputies said. Belli was parked near a Shell gas station.
He was charged with Tuesday’s robbery of the 7-Eleven at 1531 State Road 60. The robber wore a blue hoodie with “Harrahs” embroidered on the front. He carried a Tech Nine semiautomatic pistol. Deputies found the weapon’s magazine between Belli’s feet on the floorboard of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee. Guggino, who lives with Belli, was in the passenger seat.
Deputies said Belli also told them about a robbery committed Tuesday at the Subway at 3208 Lithia Pinecrest Blvd.
Several of Belli’s hoodies have been seized. Both suspects are being held without bail.