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St. Petersburg bank robber left DNA behind

ST. PETERSBURG — Police say a St. Petersburg man accused of robbing a bank at gunpoint a week before Christmas left them a gift: his DNA.

The suspect entered BB&T Bank, 100 34th St. N on Dec. 17 wearing a skull cap, a bandana to mask his face and clear, plastic gloves, according to an arrest affidavit.

He pointed a black automatic handgun at two tellers and told customers to stay down, police said. He pushed two plastic grocery bags under the glass window and told the employees to fill them up.

One bag was filled; one was left behind.

The suspect took off in a black Jeep Cherokee and got away with $2,446, police said. Before fleeing the scene, he dropped a glove on the ground.

Police sent the glove and the plastic bag to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing. The fingerprints on the plastic bag were not clear enough to pinpoint a suspect.

But the glove contained valuable DNA.

Police arrested Vincent Lamar Patterson, 43, of 3424 Queensboro Ave S, Tuesday night in Clearwater.

He is accused of robbing another bank a few months earlier.

On Sept. 18, police said, Patterson stole $8,808 from the Pinellas Federal Credit Union, 3100 Fifth Ave. N. He threatened the teller with a black semi-automatic handgun during the robbery, according to an arrest affidavit.

His probation officer identified Patterson after looking through surveillance photos.

Patterson was arrested on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of probation violation. He remained in the Pinellas County jail Thursday.

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St. Petersburg bank robber left DNA behind 04/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:52pm]

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