Monday, December 18, 2017
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Holiday man robbed bank to pay hotel bill, deputies say

HOLIDAY — Pasco County sheriff's deputies arrested a 79-year-old man in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday morning in which the suspect arrived, and fled, in a taxicab.

The man told authorities he needed money to pay his hotel bill.

Vincent Ianellia of Holiday entered the Suncoast Credit Union at 3422 U.S. 19 about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with a bag and a note, according to a news release from Pasco County Sheriff's Office. After he approached a teller and handed over both, the teller filled the bag with money.

Ianellia did not display a weapon, nor was one recovered from the scene, the Sheriff's Office said.

Ianellia then fled in the taxicab while an alarm sounded at the bank, authorities said. When he arrived at the Travel Inn in New Port Richey, he was met by New Port Richey police. After he threw the bag of money into his room, police detained him. He was later arrested by the Sheriff's Office. The money was recovered.

Ianellia told deputies he robbed the bank because he was "down on his luck" and needed money to pay his hotel bill, the Sheriff's Office said. Authorities did not say how much Ianellia stole. The taxi driver was not charged in connection with the robbery, the Sheriff's Office said.

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