LUTZ — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has released photos of an unidentified man who entered First Bank about 45 minutes before a thief unsuccessfully tried to rob it April 1.
"We don't know" whether the man pictured is the would-be robber, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff's Office. "It's possible."
He urged anyone who knows the man — or any information about the attempted robbery — to call Detective Allen Proctor at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 5015. Anonymous calls can be made to the crime tips line at 1-800-706-2488.
According to the Sheriff's Office, this is what happed:
Just after 4 p.m. April 1, the would-be robber parked a sports car across the street from First Bank, 21708 State Road 54, and walked toward the bank wearing a pink mask, yellow gloves and a green hooded sweatshirt. He had a gun.
Bank employees suspected he was up to no good, so they locked the door and hid. The robber broke the door lock and managed to get inside the building.
"He demanded money, but everybody was hiding," Doll said. "When no one came out to give him any money, he just left."
No one was injured, and no money was taken. The suspect is described as a white man between 20 to 35 years old. He is about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds.
Doll said the suspect was witnessed leaving the scene in an early 1990s maroon Nissan 300ZX.
The unknown person who came into the bank before the robbery attempt was the same size as the suspect and has red hair and freckles, Doll said.