Authorities search for bank robber
A man approached a teller at the BB&T Bank at 1235 S Missouri Ave. shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, implied he had a weapon and demanded money before running away with an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said. According to police, the robber is described as an unshaven Hispanic or Asian man about 5-3 to 5-5 and 140 to 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing an olive green T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap with an "NY" emblem. Police brought in a police dog and established a perimeter, but as of early Friday evening were unsuccessful in their attempt to find the man. Detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying the robber, shown in the above surveillance photo. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Department tip line at (727) 562-4422.
Police seek fake Wal-Mart worker
A man law enforcement is calling Plasma Pat, the TV Discount Guy, struck Feb. 9 in Largo. The man has ripped off people at least three times in Pinellas County since 2008, police say. Plasma Pat meets his victims and tells them he is a Wal-Mart employee and can get them a great deal on a big screen. Seeing the man wore clothes similar to the Wal-Mart uniform and a Wal-Mart name tag that said "Pat,'' the victim in the Largo case gave him $300 in cash for a TV. As the victim waited outside, Plasma Pat entered the store through one door and left through another without obtaining the TV. The man is described as about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He has gray hair, fair skin and a belly. If you can identify him, call the Largo Police Department at (727) 587-6728.
Help environment, kids with paper
San Jose Elementary School, 1670 San Helen Drive, is collecting paper of all kinds in a Dumpster available to the public at the school's San Helen Drive entrance. Shredded paper should be placed in a brown paper bag first to keep it from littering the neighborhood. The project's goal is to act as good stewards of the environment, but the school makes a small amount for each Dumpster load. The money goes toward beautifying the campus. Call Janine Munns, school family and community relations liaison, at (727) 298-2784.