Police: Tampa teller, man conspire to rob bank

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:14 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a teller at a Bank of America branch in Tampa helped another man rob the bank.

Tampa police say a 911 caller reported a suspicious person putting on gloves and a hoodie near the bank around noon on Wednesday.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/XgttkF ) reports an armed robbery call came in as police were responding to the original call. An arriving officer saw someone running from the bank. Tampa police say the man dropped the bag when he saw police. Officers caught up with 21-year-old Marcus Ryan Halbert after a chase.

Officers say Halbert told them he and 20-year-old teller Alan Michael Ethington planned to stage the robbery. They are charged with grand theft and defrauding a bank. Both confessed to police and are being held in jail.

___ Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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