Reward offered for suspect in Brandon armed robbery

Joseph Miguel Costanzo (left) and Michael Dean Pinkelton (right) are accused in the armed robbery of a Circle K in Brandon.

BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) — Hillsborough County deputies are searching for a man suspected of robbing a gas station in Brandon at gunpoint last week. Joseph Costanzo and Michael Pinkelton are accused of bursting through the doors of a Circle K at 12:58 a.m. last Wednesday and demanding cash. The Circle K is located at 202 W. Brandon Boulevard.

Surveillance video from inside the store shows a masked gunman pointing his weapon at the clerk and demanding the cash drawer. As he’s shoving the cash into a duffel bag, the gun goes off striking a cigarette display case. The other man shown in the video acts as a lookout.

Deputies took Pinkleton into custody on Saturday, but deputies have issued an active warrant for Costanzo. According to authorities, he is 20-years old, 5 foot, 5 inches tall, 190 pounds and lives in Tampa. He may be driving a black 2007 Dodge Caliber 4-door, with dark tinted windows and the Florida license plate DXDJ02. Constanzo is wanted on charges of robbery and assault with a firearm. He is believed to be armed with a .380 caliber and possibly a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Joseph Miguel Costanzo (left) and Michael Dean Pinkelton (right) are accused in the armed robbery of a Circle K in Brandon.
Joseph Miguel Costanzo (left) and Michael Dean Pinkelton (right) are accused in the armed robbery of a Circle K in Brandon.

Crime Stoppers Tampa Bay is offering a $3,000 reward for anyone with information that may lead to an arrest. Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com

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