Police: Bank robber returned to finish beer

Police say this bank surveillance image show John Wittle who they claim ordered a beer at a nearby bar in Port Richey, Fla., left to rob the bank, and then returned to the bar to finish his drink. WTSP

PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank, then came back to finish his beer.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said 52-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at the Hayloft Bar in Port Richey on Thursday afternoon.

Deputies say he's the man who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch earlier, but not before stopping off at the Hayloft for a brew.

A bartender there said Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and then returned to his beer.

Deputies say they arrested him at the bar about 10 minutes after he left the bank.

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

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