Distinctive getaway car foiled robbery

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man accused of robbing a bank was easy to catch due to his alleged getaway vehicle -- a white pickup truck with lightning bolt designs.

Zephyrhills Police said the suspect handed a Center State Bank teller a note demanding money at 11:44 a.m. Wednesday and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Thursday.


Police said they spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's pickup truck and pulled over Joseph Lavelle, 49, who admitted to the robbery.

Investigators said the money was recovered and Lavelle was arrested and charged with robbery. He was taken to the Land O' Lakes jail.

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