Cops: Man visits bar, robs bank, returns to finish beer

/ Source: staff and news service reports

A Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his drink, authorities say.

John Robin Whittle, 52, was arrested at the Hayloft Bar in Port Richey on Thursday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies allege he's the man who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch earlier.

A bartender told investigators that Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and then returned to his drink.

WTSP reported that deputies spotted a man who fit the robber's description "a few doors down" at the Hayloft Bar about 10 minutes after the crime was reported.

Whittle remained in jail early Friday on $10,000 bond. No attorney was listed for him.