The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two men in a brazen armed robbery last month that netted diamonds and luxury watches from the International Diamond Center in Tampa.
Clyde Bernard Johnson, 37, of Orlando and Anthony M. Wahba, 21, of Kissimmee each face charges of armed robbery of a business with a firearm, armed burglary of a business, and two counts of armed robbery of a person with a firearm and attempted armed robbery of a person with a firearm.
Deputies say two men entered the store at 10330 N. Dale Mabry Highway on Nov. 22, and Johnson, armed with a 9 mm handgun, ordered employees to the ground. Meanwhile, Wahba used a mini sledgehammer to smash glass display cases before taking several Rolex watches and diamonds, deputies said. While Wahba filled a bag with jewelery, Johnson forced three employees at gunpoint to turn over their wallets.
Nobody was injured during the robbery, but Johnson did fire one shot before fleeing the business, deputies said. That bullet struck the ground and ricocheted through an office window.
About an hour after the robbery, Wahba was seen on surveillance photos at a 7-Eleven in Dover using one of the victims’ credit cards.
An investigation by the sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit led to the men’s arrest in the Orlando area Wednesday.
Johnson was arrested at his home, where officers seized a 9mm handgun thought to have been used in the robbery. Hewas booked into the Orange County Jail where he is being held until he is returned to Hillsborough County to face charges.
Meanwhile, Hillsborough detectives, with assistance of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Wahba at a Florida Department of Correction Probation Office in Kissimmee when he arrived for his appointment with his probation officer. He will held in the Osceola County Jail until he is brought back to Hillsborough County.
Detectives have recovered a portion of the stolen jewelry taken in the store robbery.