Pinellas Deputies Make Arrest in Bank Robberies from 2016
He was found after he was arrested in Dalton, GA, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Police from Dalton, GA, have arrested a man accused of robbing two banks in Pinellas County during 2016.
Joseph Robert Carter, 47, of Dalton, GA, was charged with two counts of bank robbery. He is in the Whitfield County Detention Center in Dalton, awaiting extradition to the Pinellas County Jail. Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Carter admitted committing the robberies because of a drug habit. He has been living in Dalton since December 2016.
Deputies said that an unidentified suspect robbed the Jefferson Bank of Florida, 35320 U.S. 19 N in Palm Harbor, at about 3:10 p.m. June 24, 2016, and a second time at about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 2016.
Once inside the bank, the robber showed a handgun and demanded cash. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash in both incidents and fled from the bank.
The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 40 to 50-years-old, 5’10” to 5’11” tall, heavy build, 230 lbs. to 240 lbs., wearing a surgeons mask, white t-shirt, blue jeans, and a blue colored Tampa Bay Rays ball cap. Latent prints were recovered in both robberies, and were submitted through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, but no identifications were made. The case remained inactive during this time.
On Aug. 26, Carter was arrested by the Dalton Police Department for operating a vehicle without a valid license.
On Sept. 4, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, AFIS Division, received a match to the fingerprints collected from the June 24, 2016, bank robbery. Detectives said they were able to confirm Carter as the man who
robbed Jefferson Bank of Florida on June 24, 2016, and Sept. 9, 2016.
Carter has no other known criminal history, which delayed fingerprint identification.
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