Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Largo police arrest man they say had plans and material to rob bank

LARGO — A Largo man is in custody after police said they found damning evidence in his backpack early Friday as he rode a bike: explosive materials, a cloth mask with eye holes cut out and a letter "detailing his intentions to rob a local bank."

Police said they tried to stop Philip Raymond Pancoast, 39, because he did not have bicycle lights and looked suspicious as he rode behind Keene Plaza, 2200 East Bay Drive, at 4 a.m.

Instead, Pancoast rode away. Police arrested him shortly after, said Largo police Sgt. Andy Hill.

Besides the mask and letter, police also found smokeless powder, modeling clay, fuses, a butane lighter, latex gloves and cell phone casings in his backpack.

Police believe Pancoast was going to give the letter to an unidentified bank and have "the appearance of having explosive devices," Hill said.

His charges include resisting an officer without violence, loitering and prowling, and manufacturing, distributing and using explosives.

He remained in the Pinellas County jail Friday without bail.

Pancoast has been arrested twice before in the county; once on a charge of loitering and prowling in 2009, and another time on a battery charge in 2007.

Follow This Just In on Twitter.

Largo police arrest man they say had plans and material to rob bank 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 11:47am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Encounters: Trial by storm for a rookie principal

    K12

    DUNEDIN — When he nodded off to sleep, the hallway lights outside Michael Vasallo's office were on, so the sudden darkness woke him.

    The glow of his desk phone dimmed.

    Michael Vasallo, right, the first-year principal at Dunedin Highland Middle School, talks with the school's head plant operator Clint Case near the back-up generator on campus. The generator failed just as Hurricane Irma passed through Pinellas County, making for a stressful night. The experience made Vasallo long to return to his regular job, educating middle schoolers. [COLEEN WRIGHT   |   Times]


  2. Who is in charge during a hurricane? Hillsborough County and Tampa still can't agree

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — Who has the authority to order an evacuation during a hurricane?

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he has evacuation authority.
  3. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  4. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.