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Armored truck guards held in solicitation sting

Two guards of a Wells Fargo armored truck were arrested Friday and accused of soliciting an undercover police woman for prostitution during a sting operation, police said.

Nelson Almodovar, 35, of 1520 Scranton St. S in St. Petersburg, and Terrell Mobley, 21, 12711 English Hill Drive in Tampa, were charged and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Each was being held in lieu of $500 bail Friday evening.

"The arrests were part of the department's on-going investigation into soliciting for prostitution, especially along 34th Street on a random basis," St. Petersburg Police spokesman Bill Doniel said.

The two were charged about noon Friday at 10th Avenue N and 34th Street, police said.

According to police, Almodovar and Mobley both were armed guards. Almodovar was driving the truck, and Mobley had moved from the back of the truck to the passenger seat. The two had moved the money into the cab of the armored truck with them, Doniel said. He said he didn't know how much money was in the truck or where the two men were headed.

"They made a pass, then turned around and pulled up to the undercover police officer," Doniel said. They then solicited her for prostitution, Doniel said.

Wells Fargo officials in Tampa and Atlanta refused to comment.