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    Attempt to rob mom puts man in prison

    By CHRIS TISCH, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published October 13, 2002

    LARGO -- A man who held his mother at knifepoint while he forced her to withdraw money from her bank account has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    Sidney Trimble, 42, pleaded guilty last week to charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and armed burglary.

    Largo police arrested Trimble on Jan. 3 after a bank teller noticed Trimble's 68-year-old mother, Edith, acting strangely as she sat in the drive-through. The teller stalled and then saw Mrs. Trimble turn to her and mouth the words, "Call the police."

    Officers arrived minutes later and arrested Sidney Trimble, who had been sitting in the passenger seat next to his mother.

    Mrs. Trimble said her son had broken into her condo while she was visiting a friend at the hospital. When she got home, he pushed her to the floor, put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

    Then he forced her to drive to the Republic Bank, 14141 Walsingham Road, where he demanded that she withdraw $2,500.

    At the time of the crime, Sidney Trimble had been living at local homeless shelters, police said. His mother said he suffered from a bipolar personality disorder.

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