Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Police: Pasco bank robber may have robbed three Pinellas banks

NEW PORT RICHEY — Deputies are looking for a man who robbed a bank at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon.

The man, wearing a cap, dark shirt and sunglasses, walked into the Florida Central Credit Union at 2019 Little Road around 12:30 p.m., pulled out a silver handgun, pointed it at the teller and demanded money, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Investigators suspect he might also be involved in other recent bank robberies in the bay area.

They released a surveillance photo Tuesday afternoon.

Three robberies happened in May and June at PNC Bank branch locations near U.S. 19 in Pinellas. In each case, a man entered the bank wearing dark clothing with a black scarf and sunglasses covering his face. He carried a silver handgun and demanded that tellers place cash on the counter before stuffing the money in a bag and fleeing on foot, authorities said.

In the first robbery on May 26 in Clearwater, the man was seen near the bank getting into a red car similar to a Ford Focus, police said. The subsequent robberies happened June 8 in Largo and June 19 in Clearwater.

Police describe the man as white, between 25 and 35 years old, about 5 feet 8, with a thin build and short brown hair. Anyone with information about the man's identity may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477. Tips can also be provided at crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

A $25,000 reward is being offered through PNC Bank for an arrest and successful prosecution. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered through Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County for tips that lead to an arrest.

Pasco deputies are asking anyone with any information about the man in the photo from Tuesday's robbery to call them toll-free at 1-800-854-2862.

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