Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Man arrested after deputies say he robbed a Pasco bank

NEW PORT RICHEY — A St. Petersburg man robbed a Pasco bank using a note over the weekend, deputies say, and was quickly arrested.

Alan Robert Peterson, 43, was charged with strong-arm robbery on Friday night.

Peterson went to a Wells Fargo Bank at 6013 SR 54, an arrest report said, and entered wearing a red visor with a wig on his head and sunglasses on his face. He approached the teller and handed her a note that said, "put all the money on the counter don't do anything stupid!" Peterson also told the woman to "hurry up," the report said.

Peterson, who lists his occupation as a "glazer" with West Coast Glass in St. Petersburg, took the money and ran.

He was seen as he fled and someone got his tag number. A deputy pulled him over less than 30 minutes after the crime, on U.S. 19, and he was subsequently identified by three witnesses as the robber.

After his arrest, Peterson admitted to robbing the bank, citing financial problems, the report says. He was in the Land O' Lakes jail on Monday with a $10,000 bond.

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