Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sun City Center bank robbery suspect held after witness recognizes him from poster

SUN CITY CENTER — A vigilant bank employee who recognized a suspect from a wanted poster helped put the suspect behind bars Thursday, deputies said.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the employee at Trustco Bank in Apollo Beach called deputies and reported that a man featured in a Crime Stoppers poster had just looked through the bank window. The employee said the man left in a blue vehicle.

Deputies saturated the area, and within about 30 minutes, they spotted the man driving the described vehicle in the area of State Road 672 and Highway 301.

Deputies identified the driver as Jay Francis Larson, 49, who detectives believe robbed a SunTrust Bank at 1525 Rickenbacker Drive in Sun City Center twice, on March 5 and March 9, and robbed a Trustco Bank at 4441 Sun City Blvd. on March 16.

Victims and witnesses identified Larson as the robber.

Deputies said Larson will be charged with strong armed robbery. He was being held Friday at the Manatee County Jail until a transfer to Hillsborough County.

Sun City Center bank robbery suspect held after witness recognizes him from poster 03/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 11:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Shooting sends man to hospital in St. Pete


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police were investigating a shooting that occurred around 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday and sent a man to the hospital.

  2. Police: Man tries to lure child with puppy in Polk County


    Times staff

    HAINES CITY — A man was arrested Sunday after he tried to entice a young girl into his camper to view a puppy, according to police.

    Dale Collins, 63, faces a charge of luring or enticing a child under the age of 12. [Photo courtesy of the Polk County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Scaramucci on leaks: 'I'm going to fire everybody'


    WASHINGTON — Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump's new communications director, vowed Tuesday to purge the White House staff of disloyal aides in an effort to crack down on leaks, as another member of the press staff resigned from a West Wing reeling from an unfolding shake-up.

  4. Editorial: Coming together to reduce car thefts


    The simple, knee-jerk response to the juvenile car theft epidemic in Pinellas County would be to crack down on offenders with an increased police presence and stiffer sentences. Thankfully, local community leaders did not stop there. As detailed in a recent Tampa Bay Times follow-up to its 
As detailed in a recent Tampa Bay Times follow-up to its "Hot Wheels" investigation into youth car thefts, a variety of ideas from multiple directions increases the odds of actually solving the cause and not just treating the symptoms.

  5. Editorial: Floridians' health care now at risk in Washington


    The health care for millions of Floridians is now at risk. The U.S. Senate's dramatic vote Tuesday to begin debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with no idea what will happen is a dangerous gamble with American lives and the national economy. Barring an unexpected bipartisan compromise, a handful of …

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., dramatically returned to the Senate for the first time since his brain cancer was diagnosed and cast the key vote that enabled Vice President Mike Pence to break the 50-50 tie and allow the health care debate to proceed.