Monday, December 18, 2017
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Couple arrested after fingerprint left behind in bank robbery

SEMINOLE — A fingerprint left behind after a bank robbery led to the arrest of a Seminole couple who authorities say are responsible for a string of recent heists.

Nathan Blisard, 29, and his girlfriend, Meaghan Renee Zimmer, 23, were arrested Friday in connection with the Wednesday robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Seminole. In that case, a man walked into the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding cash and implying he had a gun.

Forensics investigators later discovered the man had left a fingerprint during the robbery, which was matched to Blisard, according to Pinellas sheriff's officials.

Deputies arrested him Friday afternoon during a traffic stop near Starkey Road and 76th Avenue N. Blisard was driving a black Ford Mustang, the same kind of car that the robber was seen fleeing in after the robbery Wednesday, authorities said.

Zimmer was later found at a nearby home and also was detained, officials said. During questioning, she admitted to detectives that she had driven the getaway car during one of the robberies, deputies said.

In addition to the Wells Fargo holdup, detectives are investigating the pair in connection with other recent bank robberies.

Blisard and Zimmer, who share an apartment in Largo, were both booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Blisard was held on $170,000 bail. Zimmer was held without bail.

Blisard has a criminal history that includes charges of battery, robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, and extortion.

In 2004, he was sent to prison after he and another man beat and choked a cab driver, then commandeered his taxi and led police on a chase through Clearwater. He was released in 2006, but returned to prison in 2008 on a cocaine charge and was released the following year.

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