CLEARWATER — Police have released a photo of a man accused of trying to rob two banks in two counties Friday afternoon in the hopes that someone can identify him.
According to Clearwater police, the man went into the Bank of America at 2200 Belleair Road around 4 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money.
When the employee announced the robbery attempt to her co-workers, the man ran away, police said.
Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, Clearwater police learned a man matching the robber's description had just tried to rob a SunTrust Bank at 2123 U.S. Highway 19 in Pasco County.
Detectives believe the man is the same person who robbed a First Community Bank at 6100 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg on Jan. 3. He is described as white, between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9 and 145 to 165 pounds. He was last seen in a gray, hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored pants and shoes, and a tan or brown hat. He has pronounced piercing holes in both earlobes, police said.
Clearwater police released a photo from the St. Petersburg robbery because of its clarity, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts.
Clearwater police ask anyone with information to call the department's tip line at (727) 562-4422. Or, to remain anonymous, send information by texting CWPD and the tip information to 847411 or by submitting it on the department's website at clearwaterpolice.org.