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Authorities arrest suspect in Largo, Seminole bank robberies

ST. PETERSBURG — A man suspected of robbing two banks in Largo and Seminole was arrested Thursday night after detectives said they matched his fingerprints to a robbery note.

Raymond A. Schaefer, 49, of St. Petersburg, was charged with committing Wednesday's robbery of Cornerstone Community Bank in Seminole and the Dec. 6 robbery of Achieva Federal Credit Union in Largo, Pinellas sheriff's officials reported.

In both incidents, a man entered the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding money and implying he had a gun, authorities said. The tellers gave the man an undisclosed amount of money before he fled.

Witnesses saw the man fleeing on foot after the Seminole robbery, leading investigators to search several businesses north of the bank. In a Dumpster behind the Treasure Island Fun Center, detectives found an orange jacket and a baseball cap that the man wore during the robbery, officials said. The demand note was found in the one of the jacket pockets.

Fingerprints lifted from the note matched Schaefer, deputies said. Authorities later found him at the West Care facility at 1735 Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, in St. Petersburg, where he was arrested.

During questioning, Schaefer admitted to committing the Seminole robbery, claiming he did it to pay his girlfriend's rent, authorities said. Detectives noticed that he matched the description of the suspect in the Largo robbery, which Schaefer also admitted to committing.

Schaefer was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Thursday evening on two counts of armed robbery.

Authorities arrest suspect in Largo, Seminole bank robberies 01/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 10:55pm]
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