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Bank robber uses Porta-Potty...to change clothes after heist, say Fla. cops

Charles Grier
WKMG

(CBS/WKMG) OCALA, Fla. - A man suspected of robbing an Ocala bank at gunpoint Friday morning was arrested after he was spotted coming out of a nearby Porta-Potty, where he changed clothes, police said.

That's one way to get caught with your pants down.

Charles Grier, 52, was arrested on robbery charges and taken to the Marion County Jail, according to CBS affiliate WKMG.

The station says that according to Ocala police, Grier entered a Bank of America at 9:40 a.m. Friday and presented a note to a teller demanding money and implying he had a gun. The teller complied, and Grier left the bank, police said.

A police detective was in the area and observed what was described as "a suspicious man" exiting a Porta-Potty across from the bank, Ocala police said. The detective then followed the man to a restaurant, WKMG reported.

When officers asked Grier to exit the restaurant, he said he would would make it easy on them, police said. But they say then Grier tried to reach in his pocket, before he was restrained by police.

Authorities said Grier had money from the bank, and that a search of the Porta-Potty - all in a day's work - turned up an Airsoft pellet gun, clothing and the robbery note.

Grier was being held on $10,000 bond.