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Comedian a bomb in banks, Hillsborough deputies say

TAMPA — Jeffrey Brent Lluis' night job: comedy, at local bars.

His day job, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office: robbery. Deputies say he held up the same bank twice this week.

Thursday, detectives had the last laugh when they arrested the 27-year-old Tampa man on suspicion of two counts of robbery and three counts of probation violation.

Lluis had been on probation for cocaine possession, robbery and two counts of uttering a forged instrument, sheriff's officials said.

The pair of robberies began Tuesday, when someone matching Lluis' physical description told a teller at the SunTrust Bank at 5370 Ehrlich Road that he'd "blow the bank up unless he was given money," sheriff's officials said.

During the investigation, Hillsborough detectives became aware of Lluis, who was on probation for a 2007 robbery of a Bank Atlantic at 12951 N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said.

He wasn't keeping the conviction a secret. It had been part of his bit.

"I just lost my job recently," he told a crowd at a comedy show that was recorded and posted to YouTube in February 2009.

"As you can tell things got kind of complicated around the office after detectives came in and picked me up."

On Wednesday, a detective visited Lluis at his home and thought he fit the physical match of the suspect. But he wasn't arrested.

Thursday morning, someone hit the same Citrus Park SunTrust bank, demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A witness spotted the man fleeing in a car that matched one seen at Lluis' home on Montilla Loop.

Detectives arranged a lineup and two bank employees identified Lluis as the suspect in both SunTrust bank robberies.

Comedian a bomb in banks, Hillsborough deputies say 11/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2011 10:40am]
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