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Stolen cash put in trash
A robber gets $13,000 but dumps most of it in a Tampa restaurant.
By AMBER MOBLEY, Times Staff Writer
Published November 21, 2007
Cody Overby, 20, is charged with strong-armed robbery and grand theft.
TAMPA - Four hours after Joanne Gavlick was robbed of $13,000 in a Bank of America parking lot, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies found $11,000 of the stolen cash in a trash can across the street.
Now, 20-year-old Cody Overby of 3304 Latania Drive is charged with strong-arm robbery and grand theft. A sheriff's spokeswoman said he was identified through surveillance video and arrested at his home at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
An employee at the Subway sandwich shop at 14351 N Dale Mabry Highway found the money in the restaurant's restroom trash can about 6:15 p.m. Monday, said spokeswoman Debbie Carter.
Why would a robber dump so much money in the garbage?
The Sheriff's Office has a theory, Carter says: The pressure was on. A sheriff's helicopter in the area for another robbery had joined the search for this robber. Deputies were on the lookout.
He probably got spooked, said Carter, who called the situation a little odd.
"In bank robberies, the suspect will dump the money if it's got a dye pack in it," she said, but rarely will authorities find such a large amount of stolen cash.
Deputies say Overby took the money from Gavlick after she'd cashed a check at a Wachovia Bank and was heading to deposit it into an account at a nearby Bank of America.
The suspect apparently didn't stay spooked for long.
An employee at the Subway told the Times that a man later returned to the business wanting to get the money back and threatening an employee.
The Sheriff's Office verified with the bank that the $11,000 was indeed a part of the stolen cash and then called Gavlick, 54, just after lunch today.
"This just shows how faithful God is," said Gavlick, who was set to use the money to move into a condo in Mango, where she planned to write about her experiences as a prison minister.
Gavlick will have to wait to get her money back because it is evidence in the investigation.
Times staff writer Rebecca Catalanello and Times researcher Angie Holan contributed to this report.