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Police: couple suspected in several robberies

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Two occupants of a white van were arrested by a Levy County Sheriff’s Office Sergent Oct. 1 and charged in the robbery of a Morriston store, located at 11050 S.E. 30 St.

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The arrests may lead to the solving of two other armed robberies of convenience stores in the county, according to LCSO.

Noah Allen Currence, 30, and Bonnie Jo Stradling, 40, both of Morriston are charged with robbery with a firearm in the Tuesday robbery. Currence is also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. His bond is $1.25 million on the two charges. Stradling's bond is $500,000.

Currence was convicted on two burglary charges in Pasco County and sentenced to 13 months and 26 days in prison in 2008. 

Sgt. Mike Narayan, a Sheriff's investigator, stopped the van on County Road 326 as it was headed toward Williston away from the robbery of the BP and convenience store at County Roads 326 and 337. 

A notice had gone out on the police radio for a white van seen in the vicinity of the robbery.  Narayan pulled over the van and had secured the woman driving in his car and was attempting to remove the man from the van when the suspect bolted into the brush. 

Officers and a helicopter from the Marion County Sheriff's Office searched for the suspect until he was located several hours later in a home. 

Lt. Scott Tummond, sheriff's office spokesman, said some of the money from the robbery was recovered from the van.  Tummond also said investigators are looking into the possibility the couple is tied to two recent convenience store robberies. 

A man wearing a hat and a mask and armed with a handgun robbed the Morriston Kwik King at 3250 S.E. U.S. Highway 41 in Morriston at about 7:30 p.m.on September 28. A report at the time said he fled the scene in a white minivan. 

On August 30 a man armed with a handgun robbed the Kangaroo Express at State Road 24 and U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson shortly before 8 p.m.