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Pasco robbery suspect found in Hernando, deputies say

SPRING HILL — On Wednesday, authorities circulated a mug shot of James Lee Borges — alleged professional thief, Kmart hit man, bank robber — and said he would likely be riding a blue and white 2009 Suzuki Katana 600 motorcycle, which deputies said he purchased with the loot from a Bank of America heist in Hudson.

When detectives caught up to Borges, 51, Thursday at a home in Spring Hill, he hadn't ditched the new bike — but he was in the middle of painting it a new color, said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco. Borges had also shaved off his mustache.

A tip led authorities to Borges, who is now in the Hernando County jail charged with armed robbery and awaiting transfer to Pasco. He and a cohort are accused of hiding Saturday night at a Hudson Kmart and filling a U-Haul with goods.

On the run from deputies early Sunday morning, the U-Haul flipped and the other suspect, Claude Jay Swick, 45, was stopped by a police dog.

Borges slipped away and, authorities said, robbed the Hudson bank the following day. His get-away driver on that holdup, Amanda Vaughn, 28, was picked up Tuesday, authorities said.

Pasco robbery suspect found in Hernando, deputies say 09/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:52pm]
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