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St. Petersburg bank robbery suspect arrested in Tallahassee

ST. PETERSBURG — A man who police say robbed a bank then got in a car crash as he was fleeing nearly two weeks ago is now behind bars, authorities said.

Albert Lee Jones, 52, of Quincy, was transferred to the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday, after he was arrested on a warrant Nov. 24 by the Tallahassee Police Department.

Jones, police say, is the man who robbed a Regions Bank at 2751 54th Ave. S at about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19.

The suspect was armed with a small handgun and got an undisclosed about of cash along with a dye pack.

About 15 minutes later, authorities said, the man was involved in a traffic crash at First Avenue South and 20th Street South. He ran away from the scene.

Officers responding to the crash scene found residue from the dye pack inside of the suspect's vehicle.

St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said investigators developed Jones as a suspect, who they believe was in the St. Petersburg area visiting relatives at the time he committed the robbery.

An arrest warrant was issued, and local detectives got word this week that authorities in Leon County had found Jones.

He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail. He faces a robbery charge.

St. Petersburg bank robbery suspect arrested in Tallahassee 12/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:24pm]
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