Man held in bank heists

Published May 17, 2007

BROOKSVILLE - The man wanted in Monday afternoon's bank robbery in Tarpon Springs is behind bars.

Brooksville police and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office used video surveillance footage to track down James Vourlos, a 45-year-old New Port Richey man, on Tuesday night.

The day after a man robbed a bank in New Port Richey and the Bank of America on 910 E. Tarpon Ave., he hit the Hernando County Bank near the intersection of S Broad Street and Cortez Boulevard. Just after 9 a.m., he walked in, handed the teller a note and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

At least three customers were in the bank at the time of the incident, but no one was injured.

Shortly after the Hernando Sheriff's Office issued a community alert bulletin about the robbery, Brooksville police began receiving tips on the identity of the robber.

Vourlos was arrested about 7 p.m. Tuesday as he was leaving the Beall's store on Cortez Boulevard, authorities said. During the course of his investigation, police said Wednesday, Vourlos gave incriminating information about the Hernando County Bank robbery as well as the robberies in Pasco County and Tarpon Springs.