Police: Holdups were for girlfriend's rent

Jan. 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM
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SEMINOLE, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A 49-year-old Florida man admitted he robbed two banks to pay his girlfriend's rent, police say.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigators say they identified Raymond A. Schaefer of St. Petersburg by lifting fingerprints from a demand note used to rob Cornerstone Community Bank in Seminole Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He implied he had a gun and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

After witnesses saw the suspect fleeing, detectives found in a trash bin an orange jacket and baseball cap the robber had been wearing, and found the demand note in a pocket of the jacket.

Authorities tracked down Schaefer at a substance abuse treatment facility in St. Petersburg, and he was arrested.

Detectives noticed he matched the description of the suspect in a Dec. 6 robbery of Achieva Federal Credit Union in Largo.

Police allege he admitted committing that robbery, as well, saying he needed money to pay his girlfriend's rent, WTSP-TV, Tampa, reported.

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