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Spring Hill bank burglar sentenced to federal prison

Hernando Today staff reports

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TAMPA - A Spring Hill man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for multiple bank burglaries committed in the Tampa Bay area this winter.

Court documents show Tyrone Michael Brinkley, 45, moved to Hernando County in November after being released from a North Carolina prison for committing several bank burglaries in the Durham area.

Within two weeks Brinkley again began burglarizing banks, nine in total, which Brinkley pleaded guilty to May 2, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation release. Three of the burglaries occurred on Christmas Eve.

Each bank burglary occurred late at night, and Brinkley used a rock to shatter glass windows, and a pry bar to open drawers at teller stations. He then removed loose and wrapped coins or cash from the drawers, according to the FBI.

A search of Brinkley's Spring Hill home revealed a blue duffel bag containing a pry bar, gloves, pieces of broken glass, a knit cap, and a Garmin GPS.

Records show Brinkley has more than 40 prior criminal convictions, and has been a habitual bank burglar since at least 1999.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the Brooksville Police Department, the Pasco Sheriff's Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the Tampa Police Department.

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