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Bank job loot scatters along I-75 as robbery suspect tosses out the money

SUN CITY CENTER — A suspected bank robber might face another charge — littering.

Deputies say he threw stolen cash out of his car window during a chase along Interstate 75.

Here's what the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said happened:

The man walked into the Wachovia bank at 1502 Sun City Center Plaza at 5:31 p.m., handed the bank teller a note and implied he had a gun.

The teller handed over some cash in a bag, the man left, hopped into a red car and hit Interstate 75 at the State Road 674 on ramp.

During a search of the area, Cpl. Shawn Peters spotted a red car going down the road and pulled up behind it. That's when the driver started throwing the cash out the car window.

Peters called for backup and followed along as the car pulled off I-75 at Big Bend Road.

Realizing he was surrounded, the driver of the red car pulled over to shoulder and surrendered.

William Earl Yates, 41, of 1140 Calloway Pond Drive in Riverview was charged with armed bank robbery. Deputies said all the money was recovered and returned to the bank.

Bank job loot scatters along I-75 as robbery suspect tosses out the money 07/10/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 10, 2009 8:08pm]
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