Police: Teller, accomplice caught after robbing Tampa bank
A Bank of America teller is charged with helping another man rob the branch where he works, according to Tampa police. Just after noon today, a 911 caller reported a suspicious person putting on gloves and a hooded sweatshirt near the Bank of America at 10050 North Florida Ave., police said. An armed robbery call followed as officers were responding to the first call. An officer on the scene saw someone running from the scene, but the man dropped the bag once he saw the officer. Marcus Ryan Halbert was caught after a short foot chase and told officers he and the teller planned to stage the robbery, police said. The teller, identified as Alan Michael Ethington, had claimed that he had been robbed of cash from the detached drive-through teller area.Ethington, 20, of Excellence Blvd., #453, Tampa, and Halbert, 21, of 4619 Newborne Way, Valrico, are both charged with grand theft and defrauding a financial institution. Halbert, who was found with 23.9 grams of marijuana, also is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both confessed under questioning by detectives, police said. Ethington is being held on $22,500 bond. Halbert is being held on $25,000 bond.