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Suspected Alachua County bank robber arrested in Tampa

TAMPA — A 31-year-old man suspected of an armed bank robbery in Alachua County was arrested in Tampa Monday.

Obadiah S. Dillard, of 1900 SE 4th St. in Gainesville, robbed a bank earlier this month and fled to Tampa, where his brother lives, police said.

Officers set up surveillance at the brother's house, 4021 W Lasalle St., and arrested Dillard when he emerged about 2:15 p.m.

Police said they found two large butcher knives in the pant legs of his jeans. They checked the Web site of the Florida Department of Corrections and discovered Dillard had been released from the Florida State Prison for grand theft and dealing in stolen property, and he also had prior charges of burglary, cocaine possession and several for battery on a detention facility employee.

Dillard was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail at about 1:45 a.m. on the bank robbery warrant and was charged with two additional counts of carrying a concealed weapon. He remains in jail in lieu of $201,000 bail.

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Suspected Alachua County bank robber arrested in Tampa 07/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 1:23pm]

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