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Authorities seek help identifying Wells Fargo robber

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities think that three recent bank robberies at two different Wells Fargo bank branches in St. Petersburg and Largo might be the work of the same man.

In two of the hold-ups, the man stole a car before robbing the bank and used the vehicle to make his getaway, according to police. Detectives are hoping the public can help them determine if the same man is responsible for the three robberies.

The first holdup happened Jan. 22 at the Wells Fargo at 3131 66th St. N. In that case, the man carjacked a motorist before driving to the bank, police said. He came inside with his face covered, wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt.

The same bank was robbed again March 15, authorities said. In that case, too, the man carjacked a motorist, stealing a gray 2010 Toyota Camry before driving to the bank. He carried a backpack and, again, wore a blue hooded sweatshirt. He fled in the same car, which was later found abandoned nearby.

The third robbery happened Tuesday at the Wells Fargo at 8700 Bryan Dairy Road in Largo. He wore a white jacket, a ball cap, a mask and dark pants and shoes. In that case, the man arrived and fled on foot, police said.

In all three heists, the man threatened bank employees with a handgun.

Authorities are soliciting tips from the public to help identify the man responsible for the robberies. He is described as in his late teens to early 20s, about 6 feet to 6 feet 3, with a muscular build. Wells Fargo is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 873-TIPS.

Authorities seek help identifying Wells Fargo robber 04/26/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 10:37pm]
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