Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Largo police seek man who robbed PNC Bank at gunpoint

LARGO — Police were looking for a man who robbed a PNC Bank at gunpoint Friday in Largo.

The man, who concealed his face with a black scarf and sunglasses, is believed to be the same person who robbed a Clearwater branch of the same bank two weeks ago, according to police.

At about 1:04 p.m., the man walked into the Largo bank, at 2650 Roosevelt Blvd., pointed a small chrome-colored semiautomatic handgun at tellers and demanded cash, authorities said. After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled the bank on foot, heading north on Dodge Street.

Surveillance photos from the robbery are similar to images captured during a May 26 robbery at a PNC Bank in Clearwater. In that incident, a man pointed a gun at tellers and ordered them to place $20, $50, and $100 bills on the counter, according to police. He put the money in a bag and fled on foot.

"It looks awful similar," said Largo police Lt. Mike Loux. "I've seen the photos and it looks to me like it's the same guy."

In both robberies, the man wore a black scarf and sunglasses, along with a black ball cap with an embroidered symbol on the front, and black clothing. He was described as between 25 and 35 years old, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, with a thin build and short brown hair.

Anyone with information about the Largo robbery is asked to call Detective Jill Freire at (727) 586-7437.

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