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Sleeping transient arrested in Weeki Wachee Bank of America robbery

WEEKI WACHEE — A 39-year-old transient has been charged in a Tuesday afternoon bank robbery after Hernando County sheriff's deputies found him asleep in his van in a Walmart parking lot.

Timothy Smith was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on a charge of robbery at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to jail records. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Authorities allege that Smith entered the Bank of America branch at State Road 50 and U.S. 19 in Weeki Wachee about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, demanded money, then fled on a bicycle. According to the charge filed against Smith, he was not armed.

The Sheriff's Office said that when deputies were shown a photo of the robbery suspect during a briefing Tuesday night, Deputy Christopher Calderon recognized Smith as someone with whom he had recently had contact. A warrant was issued for Smith's arrest.

Major case investigators determined that Smith might still be in the county, driving a silver Ford van. On Wednesday, deputies were canvassing the area, looking for Smith, when they discovered him sleeping in his van at the Walmart store at Cortez and Mariner boulevards in Spring Hill.

Authorities said Thursday they were still attempting to locate the stolen money.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis praised the team effort of deputies and investigators in locating and arresting Smith.

Sleeping transient arrested in Weeki Wachee Bank of America robbery 12/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 7:06pm]

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