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Police: Masked, armed men rob South Tampa bank

TAMPA — Two masked men armed with a machine pistol robbed a South Tampa bank Friday morning but were later found and arrested, police said.

The suspects, Kevrick L. Brown, 26, and Erskine J. McKinley, 24, may be responsible for other robberies, Tampa police said.

About 10 a.m., masked men entered the Fifth Third Bank at 1901 W Swann Ave. One was armed with a .45-cal. machine pistol similar to a Mac-10, police said. After robbing the bank, they escaped in a stolen car, then abandoned it a few blocks away.

Authorities said the robbery was similar to one committed in South Tampa in December. Detectives, including from the FBI, worked several leads and identified the suspects.

Authorities said they conducted surveillance outside the house at 3107 W Ballast Point Blvd. and approached the suspects. Brown and McKinley were detained, police said, while a search warrant was obtained.

The searched turned up a machine pistol, gloves and a bag used in the robbery, police said.

Both face armed robbery charges. Brown, who was on felony probation, also faces violation of probation charges. Records show McKinley has served two stints in state prison stemming from a 2006 robbery and attempted murder case in Palm Beach County.

Police: Masked, armed men rob South Tampa bank 03/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 10:49pm]

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