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Woman charged in 2 bank robberies

By MICHAEL SANDLER

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000


WEST MEADOWS -- In January, a woman entered the AmSouth Bank and demanded money, according to Tampa police. She indicated she was armed before making off with the cash.

Later that month, police say she returned to the New Tampa bank. But this time she brought company, a male friend who was not afraid to flash his weapon.

Police now say they have the woman in custody. The man remains at large.

Lisa Marie Moya, 25, of 3022 Adams Street in Tampa was arrested on July 10 and charged with two counts of armed robbery for her alleged role in the Jan. 10 and Jan. 28 crimes. She was released from Orient Road Jail after posting $50,000 bond.

Police used surveillance tapes and photos to identify Moya, according to arrest reports. The teller confirmed the identification. Police obtained a warrant this month before making the arrest.

Detective George Lease and Sgt. Bob Wright of the robbery squad declined to comment on the arrest. Joe Durkin, a spokesman for the department, said police are looking for a second suspect and could not comment on the open investigation.

According to an affidavit filed by police, Moya entered the bank alone on Jan. 10 and handed a teller a robbery note demanding money. When the teller looked up, police say Moya put her hand in her pocket, implying she had a weapon. The robber fled with $1,200 in cash.

On Jan. 28, police say Moya returned with her male counterpart. The man produced a handgun and announced the robbery. He forced customers to the floor and ordered tellers to open the cash drawers. Moya collected an unspecified amount of money, according to the affidavit.

Robber takes 12-pack of beer

TOWN 'N COUNTRY -- Officials say a man strong-armed a gasoline station attendant with a two-by-four for a 12-pack of beer.

Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies said an "unknown regular customer" entered the Mobil gasoline station at 8212 Sheldon Road carrying the wooden plank shortly after midnight on Tuesday. While the 60-year-old clerk was distracted, the man reached in the cooler and took out the beer, valued at $8.50.

The clerk noticed the man walking out without paying for the beer and confronted him. The man then raised the two-by-four at the clerk and said, "Get the f-- out of here," according to the report. The clerk backed off and the man left with the beer, deputies said.

No arrests had been made as of midweek. The suspect wore a light blue sweatshirt and white shorts and is approximately 5 feet 7 inches and 130 pounds.

Burglars raid convenience store

TOWN 'N COUNTRY -- Someone dropped by the Amigo's One Stop convenience store early Wednesday morning for more than a snack.

Deputies this week were looking for suspects who stole more than $700 from the store's two cash registers and its ATM machine, and caused nearly $1,000 in damage.

Deputies said the owner mistakenly left the door unlocked when he closed the store shortly before midnight Tuesday. The next morning, he found the cash draws empty, the steel ATM cut open and the phone lines severed.

No arrests had been made as of midweek.

-- Michael Sandler can be reached at (813) 226-3472 or sandler@sptimes.com.

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