Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Arrested Man Had Guns, Cash, Bombs; He Was Wanted in Tennessee on an Embezzlement Charge

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Arrested Man Had Guns, Cash, Bombs; He Was Wanted in Tennessee on an Embezzlement Charge

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A man suspected of embezzling $400,000 from a Tennessee company was arrested Tuesday when a St. Johns County sheriff's deputy found pipe bombs, firearms and cash in his vehicle during a random license plate check at a truck stop at 3:30 a.m.

The suspect was asleep in a Chevrolet Blazer at the T/A Travel Center on County Road 210 when the deputy checked his tag. The computer check showed the tag was not registered, and the driver was awakened. He used another man's identity, but that person turned out to be wanted in Tennessee for violating probation. When the vehicle was searched, deputies found checks with the man's real name on them, as well as $40,000 in cash, a rifle, a handgun and three pipe bombs, the Sheriff's Office said.

Alan Keith Phillabaum, 35, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was charged with obstruction by a disguised person, driving on a suspended license and attaching a tag not assigned. He also faces federal charges, the Sheriff's Office said.

"The pipe bombs were extremely dangerous," Sheriff David Shoar said.

"We're not sure what his motive was."

The embezzling accusations were related to a suspected scheme at Evolved Digital Solutions, where Phillabaum was chief financial officer, the Sheriff's Office said. He is accused of wiring $400,000 to a bank in Canada and then to a casino in Mississippi.

Bankers had called the company about suspicious money wires a week or two ago, Shoar said.

Ken Lewis

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Jacksonville police think one man tried to rob two Southside banks Wednesday but was successful in only one of the attempts.

No one was hurt and no weapons were used.

A man who walked into the Compass Bank at 9550 San Jose Blvd. at 2:20 p.m. suddenly turned around and left after producing a note, said robbery Sgt. Deron Dukes. It wasn't clear what caused the man to take off, Dukes said, but a robber meeting the same description walked into the Wachovia bank at 9700 Baymeadows Way about 45 minutes later and handed a similar note to a teller there.

The man left after he was given cash, Dukes said.

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An employee of a Jacksonville cash-advance company was shoved to the floor of the business and robbed of a bank withdrawal as he arrived with the money Tuesday, police said. …

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