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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014
Crime & Courts

Sheriff: Man tried to rob Tampa bank with fake bomb


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A 59-year-old man is in jailed after he tried to rob a Tampa bank with a fake bomb Saturday, and was caught in the parking lot.

About noon Saturday, Michael J. Hamson Sr. gave a note to a teller at the Bank of America, 8302 West Hillsborough Ave., demanding money and threatening he had a bomb, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He lifted his shirt and showed a container with metal clips attached and a cell phone taped to a pen.

The teller gave Hamson some cash, but also and activated the alarm system and alerted a GS4 security guard, the sheriff’s office said. As Hamson left the bank, the guard chased him into the parking lot, where deputies helped subdue him.

Hamson’s device was found to be a hoax.

Hamson is charged with armed bank robbery and is being held without bond in the Orient Road Jail.

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