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Zephyrhills man charged in string of Pasco, Hernando robberies

A federal grand jury has indicted a 33-year-old Zephyr- hills man in armed robberies in Pasco and Hernando counties.

According to the indictment, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Patrick Keith Vargas committed a series of holdups in January 2011.

On Jan. 5 of that year, Vargas showed a gun when he robbed a Sweetbay liquor store in Zephyrhills of $815, the indictment states.

Vargas also had a firearm 10 days later when he robbed the Seven Hills Liquor Store in Spring Hill of $250, it said.

Then, on Jan. 27, Vargas robbed a First National Bank of Pasco branch in Zephyrhills, getting away with $2,250, according to the indictment.

Vargas was arrested in Pasco County the following month and spent two years in the Pasco County Detention Facility on unrelated charges, records show.

He was transferred last month to federal custody to face prosecution on the robbery charges.

The indictment comes after a joint investigation of the Hernando and Pasco county sheriff's offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Vargas has a lengthy arrest record, with prior convictions for grand theft, carrying a concealed weapon, battery, fraud, selling cocaine and dealing in stolen property.

Zephyrhills man charged in string of Pasco, Hernando robberies 04/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 9:36pm]
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