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Deputy's memory helps capture SunTrust Bank robbery suspect



TAMPA — Old-fashioned recall — not fancy detective work — led to the arrest of bank robbery suspect Thursday.

Shortly after the April 10 robbery of a SunTrust Bank, 502 U.S. 41 S, Hillsborough sheriff's detectives issued an interagency alert notifying deputies of the robber's description.

Deputy Todd Schrock read the alert and remembered a 69-year-old man he'd recently assisted after a neighbor told deputies he was wandering his neighborhood and seemed to need help, according to sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway.

The man, Schrock thought, seemed to fit the description.

Schrock notified robbery detectives, who went to the residence of John Carl Teufel at 1661 Blair Castle Circle in Ruskin.

Though Teufel had no prior arrests, he told detectives Thursday that he robbed the bank a week earlier because he was having financial and marital problems, Callaway said. Teufel said he used the loot to make a car payment. Detectives found the BB gun used in the crime inside his house, Callaway said.

Teufel was booked into a Hillsborough County jail on charges of robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon, and was being held Friday with bond set at $25,000.

Deputy's memory helps capture SunTrust Bank robbery suspect 04/18/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 25, 2008 12:57pm]
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