Cash cab! Bungling 'bank robber', 24, is arrested after he hailed a TAXI as his getaway car that picked him up - and dropped him off back at home
- Elijah Shelton, 24, of Niceville, has been accused of robbing a Synovus Bank
- Police said Shelton stole $8,300 from the bank, but he didn't brandish a weapon
- Authorities said they were able to arrest him quickly because he used a taxi as his getaway car that took him to the bank and back to his home in Florida
- Shelton has been charged with robbery, grand theft and drug possession
A Florida man who allegedly robbed a bank last week has been arrested after he used a taxi as his getaway car.
Authorities arrested Elijah Shelton, 24, of Niceville, who has been accused of robbing the Synovus Bank on Navarre Parkway.
Deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office responded to the bank around 9.15am on Friday after receiving a report about a bank robbery in progress.
Though Shelton had already fled the scene with about $8,300 before police arrived, it didn't take long for authorities to find him.
Police arrested Elijah Shelton, 24, of Florida for allegedly robbing a Synovus Bank. Authorities said they were able to arrest him quickly because he used a taxi as his getaway car
Authorities said a taxi picked Shelton up from his home and drove him to the Synovus Bank (pictured) on Navarre Parkway. The unknowing taxi driver waited for Shelton outside the bank before driving him back home after the alleged robbery
During a press conference on Monday, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson explained that Shelton ordered a taxi from the Johnny on the Spot Taxi service.
'Usually when you talk about a bank robbery, it's not lighthearted. It's a violent crime that kind of thing. We got a great story for you on this one,' Johnson began.
Pointing too Shelton's mugshot, Johnson said: 'This guy Elijah Shelton who after this will be referred to as the "genius" decides he wants to rob a bank in Santa Rosa County.
'Normally, you'd get a fast car so you can get away. He calls a cab to his house. Cab picks him up, takes him to the bank [and] waits in the parking lot. He robs the bank, comes back to the cab, cab takes him home,' Johnson said.
Because Shelton took a cab back home, Johnson said deputies were able to apprehend him pretty quickly.
When asked if the cab driver had any idea about what was going on, Johnson said the driver 'had no clue'.
During a press conference on Monday, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said Shelton has been charged with robbery, grand theft and drug possession
Johnson also said Shelton never displayed a weapon during the robbery and only demanded that the money be put in a bag.
The money has not been recovered.
Shelton is currently being held in Okaloosa County Jail pending extradition to Santa Rosa County.
He has been charged with robbery, grand theft and drug possession.