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Release Number: 09-130

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

May 5, 2009

JD Callaway:

(813) 247-8060




Tito Morell

DOB 12/13/75

3606 Montero Court

Sun City Center


Charges: bank robbery (2 counts); felony fleeing to elude; possession of cocaine; violation of probation (18 counts)


Arrest of bank robber


Monday, May 4, 2009


Sulphur Springs






















Members of the Sheriff’s Targeted Area Response (STAR) squad zeroed in on a habitual felony offender in the past week and then solved two bank robberies with his arrest on the evening of Monday, May 4, 2009.


The arrest was the direct result of the Sheriff’s Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) efforts. This new concept in law enforcement allows deputies to identify, track and arrest known recidivists who commit most crimes.


“This individual came on to our radar screen as someone we needed to monitor,’’ said STAR Squad Bravo Sgt. Albert Selke III. “ILP put this guy on our map and it paid off.’’


STAR deputies on Monday secured information for a warrant to arrest Tito Morell for absconding from community control conditions. Deputies tracked Morrel to an apartment in Sulphur Springs and arrested him around 10 p.m. Monday night as he sat in a vehicle. Deputies then noticed the clothes he wore matched the description of a law enforcement alert regarding a bank robber from earlier that day. Other clothing items in the vehicle also matched a second bank robbery from one week ago. After being interviewed by detectives, Morrel confessed to the two bank robberies.


Morrel is being held without bond at the Orient Road Jail.


The bank robberies were:


April 27, 2009

Bank of America

17455 N. Dale Mabry Highway


May 4, 2009

Bank of America

14002 N. Dale Mabry Highway