Pinellas deputies arrest Pasco bank robbery suspect

CLEARWATER — A registered sex offender who was suspected in the robbery of a Pasco County bank was arrested Thursday in Clearwater.

Cecil Thomas Hurley, 41, was arrested about 4 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for robbery, according to a sheriff's report. Details of the arrest were unclear.

Pasco sheriff's detectives had named Hurley as a suspect in the April 14 robbery of a Bank of America branch at 7419 State Road 52 in Hudson.

That day, a man entered the bank about 12:50 p.m. and presented a note to a teller demanding money and implying that he had a gun, deputies said. A few hours later, investigators identified Hurley as the man who had robbed the bank after comparing his photograph with a bank surveillance image.

Hurley had spent three years in prison after he was convicted in 2008 of a similar robbery of a SunTrust bank in Bayonet Point. In that case, Hurley's mother turned him in after recognizing him in a surveillance image published in the Times. He was released in December.

He also served about 23 months in prison following a 1995 conviction for sexual battery on a person younger than 16 years old, according to state records.

Pinellas deputies arrest Pasco bank robbery suspect 04/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 12:52am]

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