TAMPA — A trip to the bank before hitting the mall landed a suspected bank robber in jail Friday afternoon.
Thomas "Tommy" Raymond Cunneen III, 49, of Tampa, was captured by Tampa police on the south side of the Westshore Plaza mall after a massive search including helicopters, police dogs and patrol officers.
Officers said he walked into the Bank of America at 100 N Westshore Blvd. after 4:30 p.m., handed the teller a note demanding money, showed a gun inside a briefcase and passed the teller a bag. Once the teller put the money in the bag and passed it back, he left the bank in the direction of the mall.
An officer spotted Cunneen, who fit the description of the bank robber, and he had the cash and gun with him. Bank employees also identified him as the culprit.
Cunneen was charged with armed bank robbery and taken to the Hillsborough County jail where he was being held without bail Friday night.