Saturday, April 30, 2011


A homeless Tampa man who robbed a bank and made his getaway on a public bus decided he'd spread the wealth with some of the passengers, police said.
Elmer McGuirt, 27, was arrested Thursday after pulling off the Robin Hood-like heist, according to
Police say McGuirt walked into a Wachovia branch around 4:30 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, then walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Having no car to make his getaway with, McGuirt hopped on a public transit bus, where he began handing out some of his loot to passengers while keeping some for himself.
But the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office contacted the bus driver, who pretended to have a mechanical failure in order to stop the bus.
When the bus pulled over, McGuirt and the other passengers got off, and waiting deputies arrested the homeless holdup artist.
McGuirt was charged with robbery and booked into jail. Police said they were able to get some of the money back from passengers.

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