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Police arrest man wanted in connection with bank robberies in St. Petersburg and Pennsylvania

ST. PETERSBURG — With some help from the Stroudsburg, Pa., Police Department, St. Petersburg police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected in last week's robbery of a credit union.

The story began when a man talking on his cell phone walked into the Pinellas Federal Credit Union at 3100 Fifth Ave. N. He demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police had been trying to crack the case for only a few days when they got a break.

A detective from Stroudsburg called local authorities Sunday. They were looking for a man named Shannon R. Hamilton, who had an outstanding warrant for bank robbery.

In fact, police say Hamilton, 39, was quite busy before he traveled south. They say he is responsible for four robberies in Pennsylvania: a Wachovia on Dec. 9, a Citizens Bank on Dec. 14; and on Dec. 21 and Dec. 29 at two M&T Bank locations.

Police from St. Petersburg quickly realized Hamilton matched the description of the suspect from their Jan. 6 credit union robbery. The teller from the bank later identified him from a photo pack.

A task force arrested him about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 16th Avenue S and 16th Street.

It is unclear why Hamilton, who lives in Pennsylvania, came to Florida. Detectives were still interviewing him Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Police arrest man wanted in connection with bank robberies in St. Petersburg and Pennsylvania 01/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:00pm]
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