Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Police searching for Palm Harbor bank robber

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PALM HARBOR — An armed man robbed a Palm Harbor bank Monday, and police are asking for the public's help to identify him.

Just after 1 p.m., the man went into the BB&T at 35098 U.S. 19 N and put a black backpack on a teller's counter, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

He told her to fill it with money and lifted his shirt to show her a black gun tucked in his waistband.

As he was leaving the bank, he dropped a small aerosol can labeled "warning — chlorine." Police didn't indicate that the can did any damage.

He left, possibly on a motorcycle, southbound on U.S. 19 and turned west onto Nebraska Avenue, the Sheriff's Office said.

The robber was described as white, 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, a light blue short-sleeved shirt over a long-sleeved black shirt, "Mechanix Wear" gloves and a motorcycle helmet with the shield pulled over his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Keith Johnson at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

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