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Deputy says search turns up money, robbery note

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Deputy: search turns up money, robbery note

Fifteen minutes after the Bank of America branch at 4539 Bartelt Road was robbed Wednesday morning, a Pasco sheriff's deputy pulled over a Chevrolet Cavalier matching the description of the getaway vehicle. It didn't take long for the deputy to conclude he got the right man.

The deputy first arrested Brian Duane Brezina, 47, for driving with a suspended license. Brezina also had an outstanding warrant for failing to pay child support, according to reports.

After searching the car, the deputy found a backpack full of cash and a note matching the one used in the robbery. He also found white gauze, which linked Brezina to the Aug. 8 robbery of a SunTrust Bank in Holiday.

Brezina later confessed to robbing both banks, reports said.

He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail without bond on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one count each of driving with a suspended license and contempt of court.

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Unconscious man outside, bomb inside

Authorities responding to help an unconscious man about 4:30 a.m. Thursday say they found a surprise inside his house: a small, homemade bomb shaped like a softball and filled with gunpowder. They also found weapons, though sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin did not release details about what kind.

The deputies evacuated the home at 5535 Oceanic Road and called in the state fire marshal's bomb squad. Federal detectives also arrived at the scene.

Nathaniel Jackson, 28, who was unconscious outside the home when Pasco Fire Rescue arrived, was taken to Community Hospital in New Port Richey. He was later arrested on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession.

He was being held in Land O'Lakes jail Thursday evening in lieu of $5,150 bail.

Deputy says search turns up money, robbery note 08/14/08 [Last modified: Sunday, August 17, 2008 7:05pm]
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