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Tampa police: He griped at office, then robbed bank across street

TAMPA — Police arrested a man Monday they say robbed a bank moments after giving his name while filing a complaint at an office across the street.

Just after 3 p.m. Friday, Tod Redman Stewart entered the Florida Bank at 4105 N Himes Ave., showing a note demanding money and warning he was armed, police said. After a teller complied, Stewart fled.

While investigating the crime, police learned Stewart had visited the office of ABC Action News just minutes before the robbery to complain about a story that had named him as a suspect in a Temple Terrace arson last year, police said.

Officers learned that Stewart had a safety deposit box at another bank, GTE Federal Credit Union on Waters Avenue, and arrested him when he visited it Monday afternoon.

Stewart, 35, of 8008 Hiawatha St. W, is charged with bank robbery and is being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Tampa police: He griped at office, then robbed bank across street 09/13/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 9:15pm]
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