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Bank heist 'thrill' ends in arrests

Police arrest two suspects in a string of bank robberies. One says he did it for the "thrill of the scare.''

By JAMIE JONES

© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 17, 2001


BROOKSVILLE -- Jeromee Greenough told police he did it for the "thrill of the scare."

The 23-year-old Zephyrhills man liked scoping out banks, watching the tellers, thinking of how he'd best rob them, police said.

He liked putting on plastic gloves, covering his face with a handkerchief and placing a ball cap on his head, police said.

He liked walking calmly into a bank, pulling out his gun and shouting for everyone to get down, he told authorities.

And, police said, he liked the money.

Greenough of 35235 Price Drive in Zephyrhills was arrested last week in connection with a bank robbery in Sumter County.

He is believed to have robbed two banks in Brooksville and six others in nearby counties. He began his robbing rampage in May, said Detective Rick Hankins of the Brooksville Police Department.

Authorities believe Greenough netted about $10,000 from each robbery. They're trying to retrieve the money, Hankins said.

Greenough's rampage ended last week when he was arrested within 10 minutes after the robbery of a SunTrust Bank in Sumter County, said Lt. Gary Brannen of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies received a description of the getaway vehicle, a pickup truck, pulled one over and there sat Greenough, covered with dye from a pack that had exploded.

He still wore gloves and had a gun in his waistband, Brannen said.

Authorities throughout the region had been on the lookout for Greenough. Hankins had released a description and warned officers about the robberies in Brooksville.

Greenough confessed to robbing two banks in Brooksville, five in Hillsborough County, one in Plant City and said he attempted to rob one in Dade City, Hankins said.

In Sumter County, Greenough was charged with armed bank robbery, and his getaway driver, Michael Palm, 19, of Zephyrhills, was also charged with bank robbery.

When Sumter County finishes with him, Greenough will be transferred to other law enforcement agencies so they can officially charge him, Brannen said.

Hankins said he would be charged with two counts of armed robbery in Brooksville for robbing a SunTrust bank on South Broad Street in May and a Huntington Bank on South Broad Street earlier this month.

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