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Tip leads to Tampa man's arrest in three bank robberies

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Todd Vincent, 47

TAMPA — A man believed to be a serial bank robber, who has hit at least three Hillsborough County banks since August, was arrested Thursday after someone recognized him from a surveillance photo, deputies said.

Todd Michael Vincent, 47, was booked in jail early Friday on three separate robbery charges. Deputies believe he is the man who robbed a Bank of America on Aug. 9 at 9810 U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview and a U.S. Ameribank on Aug. 14 at 3702 W Bearss Ave. in Tampa.

In both cases, a man with a white mustache and goatee walked into the banks, showed a demand note to a teller and fled with cash.

On Thursday morning, a man of the same description walked into BB&T Bank at 1707 S Parsons Ave. in Riverview. This time, he showed a gun and demanded money before fleeing with cash, authorities said.

Later that day, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office posted surveillance images from the bank on its Facebook page. The post prompted a call from someone who recognized the man as Vincent, deputies said.

Authorities set up a surveillance operation late Thursday night near Vincent's home at 814 W Country Club Drive in the Forest Hills area of Tampa. They spotted Vincent nearby. He ran, deputies said, but was arrested after a brief foot chase.

In addition to the three robberies with which he has been charged, Vincent is suspected in the Aug. 4 robbery at Synovus Bank at 4003 W Neptune St. in Tampa. But so far he has not been charged in that case.

Vincent was held in jail Friday without bail.