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Mom tells deputies bank robber is her son

Authorities released this photo of a robbery at a SunTrust Bank to help identify the suspect. Anna Hurley says it’s her son.

Special to the Times

Authorities released this photo of a robbery at a SunTrust Bank to help identify the suspect. Anna Hurley says it’s her son.

BAYONET POINT — On July 1, a man robbed the SunTrust bank at 7612 State Road 52. Two days later, the St. Petersburg Times ran a picture of the robber taken from surveillance cameras.

That same day, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office received two calls identifying the thief. One was anonymous. The other came from Anna Hurley. She had seen that day's paper, she told a deputy, and the person in the photo was her son, Cecil.

The investigation, according to Pasco Sheriff's Office reports, proceeded quickly. The bank teller picked Cecil Hurley's picture out of a group of photos. Then a note the robber used in the crime was found in a pickup reported stolen by Hurley's employer.

A warrant went out for Hurley's arrest. On Tuesday, he turned himself in.

Cecil Thomas "Hoss'' Hurley, 37, of 9127 Seeley Lane in Hudson, is charged with one count of robbery with a deadly weapon.

Hurley's mother declined to comment.

Anna Hurley lived with her son in a one-room apartment, according to a woman who said she owned the property. This woman refused to give her name.

In May 1995, Cecil Hurley was arrested for having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl. According to a Pasco sheriff's report, the girl and three others, all in seventh or eighth grade, had gone to a house shared by Hurley and another man. They were playing a drinking game when Hurley and the girl went into his bedroom. Two of the girls saw Hurley and the 14-year-old having sex.

Hurley pleaded no contest to the charge and spent almost two years in prison. He was released in October 1997. In July 2006, Hurley was charged with failing to re-register as a sexual offender. He pleaded no contest.

He is being held in the Land O'Lakes Jail on $50,000 bail.

Nomaan Merchant can be reached at nmerchant@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6244.

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