Georgia man arrested for 2016 bank robberies in Palm Harbor

JOSEPH ROBERT CARTER

PALM HARBOR – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 47-year-old Georgia man Sept. 6 in connection with two robberies that occurred in 2016 in Palm Harbor.

According to detectives, an unidentified suspect robbed the Jefferson Bank of Florida at 35320 U.S.19 North in Palm Harbor on June 24, 2016 and Sept. 9, 2016.

Latent prints recovered in both robberies were submitted through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, but no identifications were made.

The case had been inactive until Joseph Robert Carter was arrested Aug. 26 by the Dalton Police Department in Georgia for operating a vehicle without a valid license. A few days later, on Sept. 4, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, AFIS Division, received a match from the fingerprints collected from the bank robbery on June 24, 2016.

Detectives say that match allowed them to confirm that Carter was the person who robbed Jefferson Bank of Florida on June 24, 2016 and Sept. 9, 2016.

Detectives say Carter has been living in Dalton, Georgia since December 2016. He has no other known criminal history, which delayed fingerprint identification.

Carter was taken into custody Sept. 6 by the Dalton Police Department. Carter was interviewed by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives, and he reportedly admitted to committing the robberies because of a drug habit.

Carter is currently being held in the Whitfield County Detention Center in Dalton, Georgia, where he will await extradition to the Pinellas County Jail.