Alleged Bank Robber Takes "Freeze!" Order Literally

Today we learned that Florida is exporting guns for crimes in other states, and it appears Fort Lauderdale is also exporting armed robbers for crimes in other Florida cities.

Three Fort Lauderdale men are among a foursome arrested in connection with the distinctly Grinch-ian crime of knocking over a credit union in Spring Hill (which is north of Tampa, some 270 miles from Broward) on Christmas Eve. The thieves made off with $88,000.

Jerome Simmons (that's him above) was the last of the four suspects found, perhaps because he hid himself in a freezer. Or at least he was tougher to catch than his alleged accomplice, who forgot his cell phone at the teller window.

-- Thomas Francis

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