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Fugitive wanted for Pinellas bank robberies caught in South Carolina

Wesley Andrew Fox is shown in a 2012 arrest photo. He was linked to five PNC Bank robberies.

Wesley Andrew Fox is shown in a 2012 arrest photo. He was linked to five PNC Bank robberies.

Local and federal authorities on Friday arrested a fugitive in South Carolina who was wanted in connection with a series of Pinellas County bank robberies.

The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force tracked Wesley Andrew Fox to Greenville, S.C., where authorities spotted him walking near an interstate. Fox, 28, ran into the woods, but authorities found and arrested him.

Fox was awaiting transport back to Pinellas.

St. Petersburg police initially arrested Fox on Oct. 5, 2012, when undercover detectives said they watched him run from the scene of a robbery at PNC Bank, 3801 49th St. N.

Investigators then linked Fox to at least five PNC Bank robberies across St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater and in Pasco County, police said.

In all the robberies, the robber used a small, silver semi-automatic handgun and wore a bulletproof vest, police said. He demanded cash from the tellers, concealing his face with a hat and sunglasses.

That day in October when police arrested Fox, a group of undercover officers spotted him in front of the PNC Bank. He wore a shirt covering his face, a baseball cap and sunglasses. Moments later he ran out of the bank into a nearby car where officers stopped him, police said.

Inside the vehicle, detectives found a chrome Davis Industries P-380 handgun and a large sum of cash. Bank tellers confirmed he had robbed them, police said.

Fox was later charged with three counts of kidnapping, armed kidnapping and five counts of armed bank robbery. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Dec. 8 on $350,000 bail.

After he failed to appear for his pretrial hearing, a judge issued a bench warrant and the FBI issued a warrant as well.

Fugitive wanted for Pinellas bank robberies caught in South Carolina 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 8:52pm]
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