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Suspect in Port Richey bank robbery arrested


Suspect in bank theft arrested at his home

Pasco County sheriff's detectives knew where to look for the man accused of robbing a SunTrust Bank this week: They arrested Derrick J. Loreto at his home on Friday.

Loreto, 24, is accused of robbing the Port Richey branch at 7612 State Road 52 on Thursday. After making his demands, a man walked out of the bank with an undisclosed sum of cash about 10:30 a.m., according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies believe that surveillance cameras caught the same man casing the Regions Bank at SR 52 and Zimmerman Road earlier that morning. For some reason, the man decided to rob the nearby SunTrust instead.

Detectives released to the media photos of the suspect taken by surveillance cameras inside the bank. A tip helped them identify Loreto. They went to his home at 13139 Parkwood St. in Hudson and arrested him about 5 p.m. Friday.

Loreto was taken to the Pasco County jail, but the charges he is facing were not made available late Friday.

Check for updates.


Purple Heart group will meet on Monday

The next meeting of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for Purple Heart recipients and their immediate family, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Post 79 building, 5329 Legion Place (three blocks north of Main Street, behind Davis Plaza).

The group was organized by Greg Amira, who was severely wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, where he served as an Army captain in 2007. Amira had earlier survived the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, where he had been working for Morgan Stanley.

For more information, call Amira at (727) 255-4883.

Suspect in Port Richey bank robbery arrested 07/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 9:54pm]
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