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Man accused of robbing woman at downtown St. Petersburg ATM

ST. PETERSBURG — A 28-year-old man was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint Tuesday night after an officer recognized a photo of the man from an earlier incident.

Jacob Sbeitan, who is a transient, admitted robbing a 33-year-old woman during a transaction at the Bank of America drive-through ATM at 565 First Ave. S, police said. He did it to satisfy his drug habit, police said.

Patrol officer David Watson saw photos from the ATM's camera and recognized him from a previous incident. At about 10:45 a.m. Thursday, police found him near Central Avenue and Seventh Street — about a block and a half from the ATM.

Officers said they found a plastic toy gun on him that was likely used in the robbery.

Sbeitan faces a charge of armed robbery. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Police said the woman had just pulled up to the drive-up ATM in her car and was withdrawing cash when a man came up to the driver's window from behind. He lifted his shirt, pulled a handgun from his waistband and demanded money, police said.

He took the cash and walked away.

Man accused of robbing woman at downtown St. Petersburg ATM 03/29/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 6:37pm]
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