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Deputies say Ocala man took taxi to check ATM, rob Tampa bank, then flee in taxi

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Man took cab to rob bank, deputies say

A 34-year-old Ocala man robbed a SunTrust bank branch on Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the suspect, Robert Levantini, took a cab to the SunTrust at 9601 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at about 11:14 a.m.

First, he checked his own bank account using the ATM outside. Then Levantini walked into the bank, deputies said, gave tellers a note demanding money, and left with an undisclosed sum. Then he got in the same cab and fled the bank.

He switched cabs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, deputies said, stopped at another bank to deposit the stolen money into his bank account, then ended up at the Knights Inn at U.S. 301 and Interstate 4.

That's where Levantini, of 10288 SW 82nd Ter., was arrested later Monday on a charge of robbery. State records show he was released from state prison in March after serving two years on charges of grand theft, credit card fraud and uttering a forged instrument.

His status at the Hillsborough County jail was not known.

Times staff

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