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Clarence Davis, Fla. maintenance man, withdrew money from dying man's bank account, police say

Clarence Davis CBS affiliate WTEV

Clarence Davis
CBS affiliate WTEV
(CBS/AP) GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Police in Florida say a maintenance man at a Gainesville apartment complex discovered a tenant there dead or dying, but used his ATM card before calling 911.

The Gainesville Sun reports police learned about the theft three weeks after J.W. White died on July 1. The man's brother called authorities after finding an ATM transaction on White's Bank of America account minutes before paramedics arrived at the apartment.

52-year-old Clarence Davis was arrested  on Monday and jailed on $5,000 bail.

Police reportedly said Davis was able to withdraw money from the ailing man's account because he used to run errands for him and knew the PIN for the ATM card.

The ATM transactions happened eight minutes before White was found dead, reports the paper. Police said Davis called 911 only after returning from the cash machine.

Video footage shows Davis checking the balance and making two withdrawals from White's account for $611.90. Davis told police he had permission to withdraw the money to pay rent and other bills for White.

Police say Davis admitted to using the money to restore the apartment to re-rent it.

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