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Bank video credited in arrest

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 17, 2007


BROOKSVILLE - The man wanted in Tuesday morning's bank robbery in Hernando County is behind bars.

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

The arrest came less than 12 hours after he walked into the Hernando County Bank near the intersection of S Broad Street and Cortez Boulevard just after 9 a.m., handed the teller a note and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said.

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

Shortly after the Sheriff's Office issued a Community Alert Bulletin about the robbery, the Brooksville Police Department 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 other recent bank robberies in Pasco County and Tarpon Springs.

Police are still searching for a man suspected in the robbery of the SunTrust Bank on U.S. 19 south of Forest Oaks Boulevard on April 11. The man, described as 6 feet tall with an olive complexion and facial hair, was wearing a blue running suit, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call Hernando County Crimestoppers at (352) 797-8477.