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DNA links jailed man to February bank robbery in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A man already jailed on a grand theft charge was charged Wednesday in connection with a February bank robbery after DNA evidence linked him to the crime, according to police.

Mark Matthew Keating walked into Whitney Bank at 100 2nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg on the afternoon of Feb. 15 and handed a teller a note demanding money, according to an arrest report. Keating kept his hand inside a jacket pocket, implying that he had a gun.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, Keating fled the bank, police said. But before he left, he took off his jacket and a shirt and left them behind. Detectives lifted DNA from those items, which was later matched to Keating, police said.

Keating has been in the Pinellas County Jail since March 29, when he was arrested on a grand theft charge. He was also held without bail for two warrants for probation violation out of Palm Beach County. Bail for the bank robbery charge was set at $100,000.

DNA links jailed man to February bank robbery in St. Pete 08/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 10:26pm]
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