Crime Scene

caines | 1/4/2012, 7:30 a.m.

Man orders beer, robs bank and returns

Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer. Fifty-two-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at the Hayloft Bar in Port Richey. Deputies say he's the man who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch but not before stopping off at the Hayloft for a brew. A bartender there says Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and then returned to his beer. Deputies say they arrested him at the bar about 10 minutes after he left the bank.

Man dies after being struck by three cars

A 48-year-old man was hit by one car on Northwest 114th Street and 17th Avenue on Christmas night. Then, a second and third car struck him. The pedestrian died on the scene. Officials said the driver of the first car stayed on the scene but the other two drivers fled. Police are now searching for those hit-and-run drivers.

Homeless man arrested after stealing socks off womans feet

A 40-year-old homeless man was arrested last week after a woman said he stole the socks off of her feet in a store parking lot.The woman, a 21-year-old, told police that she was getting into her PT Cruiser at a Target store when she felt someone grab her left foot. The man, who was hiding under her car, removed both black socks from her feet. The woman yelled at the man and the suspect fled; police soon spotted him nearby and arrested him after a foot chase. The suspect had the victim's socks in his coat pocket, police said.