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Watch: Cashier's headlock stops Pasco man who attempted three robberies in a day, deputies say Pasco man struggles to rob businesses, gets it right on third try

Deputies say Thomas John Adam was ignored during his first robbery attempt and assaulted on his second. But the third time was the charm.
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Published Jan. 31, 2019

HUDSON — A 69-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he failed in back-to-back attempts to rob businesses.

The third time was the charm, though — and resulted in charges.

Thomas John Adam of Port Richey now faces charges of attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and robbery.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office gave this account of the incident:

The incident started at about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Adam tried sticking up three business along State Road 52.

First, deputies said he steered a black Volkswagen Jetta through the drive-thru of a Regions Bank branch and told the teller to give him $100, and warned that he had a gun in his pocket.

The teller walked away from the window and Adam left.

Then he went to a Sunoco gas station down the road and repeated his line, deputies said. That led the cashier to place Adam in a chokehold and throw him onto the pavement outside the store.

The third attempt took place at Hudson Alterations and Dry Cleaning, deputies said. He repeated the line for a third time, deputies said. The cashier told him she had no money to give him, deputies said, and he told her to open the register. She gave Adam some $20 and $10 bills from the register and he left, deputies said.

What led to his arrest, deputies said, is a tip that a vehicle matching the one seen at the robberies was parked outside his house.

"I robbed the Chinese woman, but I'm gonna give her the $70 back," Adam told deputies, according to an arrest report.

He also told them he lied about having a gun.

Adams was booked into the Pasco County jail, where he was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.

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