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James Patrick Andrews Allegedly Robs Bank After Discovering Negative Bank Balance

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James Patrick Andrews allegedly robbed a bank after he discovered there was no money in his account.
James Patrick Andrews allegedly robbed a bank after he discovered there was no money in his account.

Almost everyone has had a negative bank balance, but it's doubtful most people would react the way James Patrick Andrews did when he discovered he was out of dough.

Andrews, 43, was arrested Friday for allegedly robbing a Bank of America in St. Petersburg, Fla., after he tried to withdraw money from an ATM machine and saw that there was none in his account.

Andrews then approached a teller to ask why the account was empty. He allegedly slipped her a note demanding $1,000, and told her not to walk away from her window or press any alarm button, or people in the lobby would be hurt.

Although police said no weapon was implied or seen, the teller gave Andrews an undisclosed amount of money, after which he left the building, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Officers then tracked Andrews to a gas station, where he was arrested and charged with strong-arm robbery, and possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Police said Andrews admitted committing the robbery and told investigators he needed the money to pay a drug debt, according to Bay News 9.

Andrews has an extensive criminal history, including numerous charges related to drugs, burglary and domestic battery, the Tampa Bay News reported.

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