Monday, February 19, 2018
Public safety

Pasco deputies search for suspect in ATM robberies

NEW PORT RICHEY — Deputies are looking for a man — or possibly two — who grabbed money from the hands of ATM customers in broad daylight.

The first snatching happened about 11:18 a.m. Monday at the Wells Fargo branch at 5136 Little Road. Surveillance video shows a man grabbing the money from a driver at a drive-through ATM, then riding away on a motorized mountain bike. The robber was about 5 feet 8, wearing a black T-shirt and a red and white cap.

Another surveillance video shows a snatching that happened about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Bank of America branch at 5923 State Road 54. A man rode up on a motorized mountain bike, waited beside a customer withdrawing money at a walk-up ATM, then shoved the victim out of the camera's view.

The robber in the second incident, a man about 5 feet 8 with brown hair, a gray T-shirt and black shorts with a red stripe, tore the money from the victim's hands, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He then jumped into a brown Ford Explorer with a Monster Energy sticker on the back and fled the scene, leaving the mountain bike behind.

The Sheriff's Office said the suspect may be the same person in both cases but has not confirmed that yet.

Anyone with information may call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.

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