A Florida man who allegedly robbed a bank has been arrested after he used a taxi as his getaway car.
The Daily Mail reports that authorities arrested Elijah Shelton, 24, who has been accused of robbing the Synovus Bank on Navarre Parkway.
Deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the bank around 9.15am on a recent Friday after receiving a report about a bank robbery in progress.
Though Shelton had already fled the scene with about $8,300 before police arrived, it didn’t take long for authorities to find him.
During a press conference Sheriff Bob Johnson explained that Shelton ordered a taxi from the Johnny on the Spot Taxi service. “We got a great story for you on this one,” Johnson began. Pointing to Shelton’s mugshot, Johnson said: “This guy Elijah Shelton who after this will be referred to as the ‘genius’ decides he wants to rob a bank in Santa Rosa County.
“Normally, you’d get a fast car so you can get away. He calls a cab to his house. Cab picks him up, takes him to the bank [and] waits in the parking lot. He robs the bank, comes back to the cab, cab takes him home,” Johnson said.
When asked if the cab driver had any idea about what was going on, Johnson said the driver “had no clue”.
Johnson also said Shelton never displayed a weapon during the robbery and only demanded that the money be put in a bag. The money has not been recovered.
Shelton is currently being held in Okaloosa County Jail, he has been charged with robbery, grand theft and drug possession.
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