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Zephyrhills man arrested in connection with bank robbery

ZEPHYRHILLS — A man who robbed a bank Friday and fled on his bicycle had a short time on the lam, according to authorities.

Patrick Keith Vargas, a 31-year-old felon who has been arrested 18 times in Pasco since 2006, gave a teller at First National Bank of Pasco a note demanding money Friday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

The teller gave $300 to Vargas, who escaped the scene on Gall Boulevard on a mountain bike, authorities said. A witness who lives a block from the bank saw Vargas in a shed on his property, a report states.

Vargas was arrested Monday and charged with robbery and grand theft, as well as unrelated charges of criminal use of personal identification, false verification of ownership and dealing in stolen property.

A Pasco detective requested on the arrest affidavit that Vargas be held in jail in lieu of a high bail.

Vargas, who spent more than two years in prison for selling cocaine, burglary and grand theft, was released on $42,000 bail eight hours after being booked.

Vargas, who lives at 39448 Sixth Ave. in Zephyrhills, listed his occupation on his arrest report as an unemployed laborer.

Zephyrhills man arrested in connection with bank robbery 02/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 4:12pm]

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