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Brazen bank robber strikes for the third time

HUDSON — With his face plastered in the media, detectives on his trail and a reward out for tips on him, a brazen, silver-haired bandit robbed another bank Tuesday afternoon.

This is his third robbery in a month. He robbed Regions Bank on Embassy Boulevard in Port Richey on Dec. 9 and again on Dec. 21.

Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, he struck at Fifth Third Bank at 12231 U.S. 19 in Hudson. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the man used his same method of handing the teller a note demanding money. Doll would not comment on what the notes say, other than that they are threatening.

The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured. Witnesses have not reported seeing a weapon.

Authorities think a dye-pack exploded on the man's loot from the second theft. On Monday, a manager at a car wash on Ridge Road found $84 in stained bills in a change machine where the robber apparently changed the inked money for quarters.

The Sheriff's Office had just released information about the dye pack on Tuesday when the robber struck in Hudson.

While escaping the bank during the second robbery, the man pushed a pregnant teller to the ground, Doll said. The woman was not hurt.

The robber's photo has been widely circulated. He wears sunglasses but makes no other attempt to hide his face.

"Somebody's got to know this guy," Doll said.

The suspect is a white man, between 55 and 60 years old, with a moustache and gray hair. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

Authorities think he fled from the Port Richey robberies in a gray or silver Ford Taurus. Detectives think he lives in West Pasco.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Know anything?

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pasco Sheriff's Office Detective Jason Hatcher at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7481. Tampa Bay CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information. That number is 1-800-873-TIPS (8477.)

Brazen bank robber strikes for the third time 12/29/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:41pm]

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