Police: Tampa Man, 73, Robs Three Banks To Pay Mortgage
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The 73-year-old man charged with robbing three Tampa banks to pay his mortgage has been released from jail.
James Bruce was released on his own recognizance at a court hearing Friday, without having to post bail. His lawyer argued that Bruce has health problems and couldn't post bail.
The judge ordered Bruce not to return to any banks while on release. Prosecutors did not object.
Bruce had pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of strong-armed robbery.
He was arrested last month after police said he produced notes asking for $600 at three banks. Police said Bruce told them he needed the money to pay his mortgage.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
- Police: Gainesville Man, 25, Tries To Outrun Cops
- Police: Man Lures Victims With Fake Emergency, Then Robs Them
- Police: Man Robs McDonald's Through Drive-Thru Window
- Police: Man Tries To Rob Gainesville Liquor Store
- Police Look For Three Suspects Accused Of Robbing Lake City Man
- Police: Two Armed Suspects Rob Business, Duct Tape Victim
- Man Wanted on Columbia Embezzling Charges Arrested After Robbing Ocala Bank
- Police: Gainesville Man Attempts To Flee Officers, Hits Police Car
- Police Arrest Ocklawaha Man, 81, For Selling Marijuana
- Police: Ocala Man Turns Himself In After Shooting