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St. Petersburg man arrested, accused of robbing Largo bank

LARGO - Authorities have arrested a man they say tried to rob a Sun Trust bank on Friday.

Nathanael S. Zamora, 23, of 3939 1/2 40th Ave. N, was picked up at his home at about 3 a.m. Saturday. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on armed robbery and two traffic warrants.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Zamora approached a teller about 4:15 p.m. Friday at the branch at 3705 East Bay Drive and handed over a note demanding money.

He also said he had a bomb and used a lighter to simulate he was going to light it. The device turned out to be a silver pipe with a white wick.

But the teller did not have any cash, deputies said. The suspect left the bank and slipped into the passenger seat of a dark gray 2000 or 2001 Nissan Maxima SE.

Earlier in the day, the same man was seen entering another Sun Trust Bank at 3601 34th St. N in St. Petersburg. Approached by an employee, he left the bank and got away in the same awaiting vehicle, deputies said.

Deputies identified Zamora using the information from St. Petersburg police and bank surveillance video. They also said the car involved Zamora fled in belongs to his girlfriend.

Zamora is being held in jail in lieu of $101,026 bail.

St. Petersburg man arrested, accused of robbing Largo bank 01/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:28am]
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