Hialeah

Drive-through store armed robbers used rental car, police say

Miami’s Cedric Young, arrested Monday as a suspect in a Farm Stores robbery just an hour, 15 minutes earlier
Miami’s Cedric Young, arrested Monday as a suspect in a Farm Stores robbery just an hour, 15 minutes earlier Miami-Dade Corrections

From Farm Store to handcuffs took 75 minutes Monday night for three armed robbery suspects, Hialeah police say.

Police had the help from a license plate number and a car rented in one of the suspect’s names. Celinez Lopez, Cedric Young and Tavaris Carr now sit in the care of the Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation System.

According to the arrest affidavit, three robbers rolled up to the Farm Store at 501 Hialeah Drive around 7:30 p.m. Two men approached the cashier with a cash request emphasized by firearms. The cashier handed over the drawers of both registers, containing an estimated $300.

A blue and white plastic coin holder with several rolls of coins also left with the robbery suspects. One of the suspects also took the cashier’s cellphone.

As they left the Farm Store, a witness spotted five of the six letters and numbers on the license plate as well as described the car. Running the plate turned up a rental car rented by Young from Avis.

Police say Carr still had the cashier’s phone in his pocket and the coin holder was in the trunk. Lopez, according to police, made a sworn statement giving up herself, Young and Carr.

Young, 33, has convictions of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, carjacking with a deadly weapon and was judged to be a habitual felony offender when sentenced in 2010. Carr, 26, did five years for robbery with a weapon and carjacking with a deadly weapon. Lopez, 47, has a couple of misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession and obstructing a police officer.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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