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St. Petersburg police find bank robber on bus, money in underwear

Robert Lee Johnson, 42, was arrested Thursday after St. Petersburg police said he robbed a Suntrust Bank. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]
Robert Lee Johnson, 42, was arrested Thursday after St. Petersburg police said he robbed a Suntrust Bank. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]
Published May 12, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police said he robbed a bank on Central Avenue.

Robert Lee Johnson entered the Suntrust Bank at 3100 Central Ave. shortly before 3 p.m., according to St. Petersburg police, and passed a note to a bank teller demanding money.

Johnson was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank on foot. A silent holdup alarm notified police, who arrived on scene at 3:02 p.m.

One officer went to a nearby bus stop and began checking for the bank robber, police said. She spotted someone matching his description in the back of a bus that was getting ready to leave the terminal, police said.

Additional officers arrived, identified the bank robber and arrested him but the agency did not disclose what charges he faces. Police said the stolen money was stuffed inside the front of his underwear.