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Pasco deputies nab man they suspect robbed two banks

HUDSON – Deputies have nabbed the man they say robbed two banks in a week.

The first was the Sunshine State Bank on Oct. 10. Thomas Rhoden, 47, of Zephyrhills walked in, placed a small bag on the counter and told a bank teller that there was a bomb inside, Pasco sheriff's deupties said. Hillsborough County Sheriff's bomb squad was called to investigate the building, at 36450 Eiland Blvd., and did not find a bomb.

About 10 a.m. Wednesday, Rhodes robbed a Bank of America at 12935 U.S. 19 in Hudson, reports state. This time, he handed a teller a note demanding money. He was last seen running west on nearby Tower Road with an undisclosed amount of cash, reports state.

At 4:15 p.m. Thursday, deputies found his white 1996 Dodge 1500 pickup truck bearing the tag number 795NGJ at Hess gas station at 7532 U.S. 19.

Deputies searched nearby hotels, found Rhodes and arrested him.

Late Thursday afternoon, he was being taken to Land O'Lakes jail.

Pasco deputies nab man they suspect robbed two banks 10/18/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 5:42pm]

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