TAMPA — A serial bank burglar from Spring Hill who hit nine Tampa Bay-area banks in about a month was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to eight years in federal prison.
Tyrone Michael Brinkley, 45, pleaded guilty May 2 to committing the burglaries between December 2012 and January 2013, two weeks after he finished a prison term for burglarizing multiple banks in Durham, N.C.
Upon his release from prison, Brinkley moved to Spring Hill, investigators said, and would break into banks at night. He committed three of the burglaries on Christmas Eve, they said.
Records show that Brinkley has more than 40 prior criminal convictions and has been a habitual bank burglar since at least 1999.
The latest case was investigated by the FBI; the Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough sheriff's offices, and the Brooksville and Tampa police departments.