Hillsborough deputies arrest ATM robbery suspect - WFLA News Channel 8

Hillsborough deputies arrest ATM robbery suspect

Posted: Updated:
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

A man who was allegedly robbing ATM users throughout north Tampa has been caught.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office arrested Charles Griffin, connecting him to at least five ATM robberies over the Labor Day weekend.

Deputies say between Sunday and Tuesday, Griffin robbed five people at gunpoint at various banks along Bearss avenue and over on Fletcher avenue.

Officials say he targeted customers standing outside and even in cars, and one of the crimes happened in the daytime.

Officials say since Sunday, Griffin approached people with a handgun at ATMs at a Bank of America, a Wells Fargo and a Chase bank.

All of the banks were within a couple of miles of each other, and one of the crimes happened in broad daylight, at 1:35 in the afternoon!

Since they happened at ATMs, officials got a good look at his face and his getaway car. And on Tuesday, deputies on routine patrol spotted his car at a Race Trac on Bearss Avenue.

He was questioned and arrested.

Deputies say it's not common for suspects to rob the same banks in the same area over a short amount of time.

They say Griffin admitted he was stealing money to fuel his drug habit.

Officials are trying to see if he may be a suspect in other ATM robberies.

Deputies urge people to contact the sheriff's office if they feel they may also be victims.

He's currently charged with armed robbery, and he could face prison time.

And deputies want to use this story to share a message- you have to be very careful and aware of your surroundings when extracting money.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Corporal Bruce Metzger said, "Drive around the building, look for suspicious vehicles, look for suspicious persons, if it does not feel right, follow your instincts, drive away and contact the sheriff's office and we will look into your suspicions."

Metzger said try to use ATMs in public view.

He added, "Consider conducting your ATM withdrawals along with other shopping. For example when you're buying your groceries. Most grocery stores will allow you to get a certain amount of cash back."

If you feel unsafe, don't take out money there.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

    Restaurant Buzz: Free McDonald's breakfast, steakhouse closes, Tampa Ferg's

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:17:16 GMT
    A Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photoA Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled to open across the street from the TBT Forum in August. Facebook photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:41 AM EDT2014-04-19 13:41:52 GMT
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into...
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody,...
  • Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

    Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car slams into home

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-04-19 13:34:06 GMT
    The car struck the home early Saturday morning. The car struck the home early Saturday morning.
    A 62-year-old Sarasota woman was killed early Saturday morning when a fleeing suspect crashed her vehicle into a home.Eleanor Ball, who was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, died at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m.
    A 62-year-old Sarasota woman was killed early Saturday morning when a fleeing suspect crashed her vehicle into a home.Eleanor Ball, who was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time, died at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.