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Police blame serial bandit for several Pinellas bank robberies

ST. PETERSBURG — The man arrested in connection with a St. Petersburg bank robbery Friday is accused of being a serial robber responsible for at least three similar heists since May.

Wesley Andrew Fox remained jailed Saturday as authorities stacked a litany of robbery and kidnapping charges against him.

In each of the robberies, which began May 26 at a PNC Bank in Clearwater, a man pointed a small silver handgun at tellers and demanded cash. The man wore a hat and sunglasses while concealing the lower half of his face with a scarf or shirt.

Fox, 27, was arrested at about 6 p.m. Friday after a group of undercover St. Petersburg police detectives spotted him in front of a PNC Bank at 3801 49th St. N. He pulled a shirt over his face while donning a ball cap and sunglasses and walked inside, police said. He emerged moments later and ran to a car in a nearby lot where officers stopped him.

Fox had a chrome Davis Industries P-380 handgun and a large sum of cash on him, authorities said. Bank tellers confirmed he had robbed them.

Authorities later added charges that accused Fox of the May 26 robbery, in which, police said, he ordered several tellers to the ground at gunpoint before fleeing with more than $3,000. He also was charged in two robberies at banks in Clearwater and Largo, on June 8 and 19 respectively.

Fox has yet to be charged in a July 3 robbery of Florida Central Credit Union in New Port Richey, which authorities have said they believe was the work of the same man. Nor has he been charged in a similar Sept. 16 robbery at Fifth Third Bank in Pinellas Park.

Inside Fox's car, police found an exploded dye pack, police said.

Fox's last known address was an apartment in Clearwater.

His criminal history includes a 2010 arrest in Hillsborough County on burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief charges. Jail records from that arrest indicated he was living at Camp LeJeune, N.C., as a member of the military.

Fox was held Saturday on $755,250 bail.

Times news researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Dan Sullivan can be reached at (727) 893-8321 or dsullivan@tampabay.com.

Police blame serial bandit for several Pinellas bank robberies 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 10:10pm]
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