Tampa, Florida -- A man is in jail tonight after authorities say he tried to rob a Bank of America with a fake explosive device.
Michael Hamson, 59, reportedly walked into the Bank of America at 8302 West Hillsborough Ave. and slid a note to the teller demanding money and threatening that he had a bomb. He allegedly lifted his shirt and displayed a container with metal clips attached and a cell phone taped to a pen.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says the teller gave Hamson an undisclosed amount of money and activated the alarm system.
As Hamson left the bank, a security guard reportedly pursued him on foot through the parking lot, where deputies took him into custody.
The sheriff's office says the device Hamson had was found to be a hoax.
Hamson was just released from the Hillsborough County Jail on January 10 for other unrelated felony charges.