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Already on probation for bank robbery, man accused of another in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY — It didn't take long for aging bank robber Harold Van Horn to land in jail again.

The 69-year-old Van Horn emerged from the Tarpon Springs Work Release Center only a month ago, but was back behind bars Sunday, facing a charge of robbing the Capital City Bank on Tuesday.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies say Van Horn wore a mustache, sunglasses, gloves and a green sweatshirt when he walked into the bank at 10290 Regency Park Blvd. at 12:25 p.m. that day, demanding money.

He left with an undisclosed amount of money and fled on a bicycle, a report said. He did not use a weapon.

Then Sunday morning, Port Richey police received a call about a suspicious person at the Walmart at 8701 U.S. 19.

They said they found Van Horn when they arrived and he matched the description of a man wanted by the Sheriff's Office in the bank robbery. He was arrested about 11 a.m., charged with one count of robbery without a weapon.

Van Horn, of the River Side Inn in New Port Richey, was already serving probation for three bank robberies in Hudson and Port Richey in December 2009, according to prison records. He made off with $5,750 from all three heists. He hit one bank — Regions Bank on Embassy Boulevard in Port Richey — twice.

Van Horn pleaded guilty to the robberies and was sentenced to three years, four months in prison. He got out Nov. 3 to serve five years of probation, according to prison records.

On Sunday, he was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail on $50,000 bail.

News researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Rich Shopes can be reached at rshopes@tampabay.com or (813) 661-2454.

Already on probation for bank robbery, man accused of another in Port Richey 12/09/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 10:29pm]
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