Monday, June 18, 2018
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Police seek public's help identifying St. Pete bank robber

ST. PETERSBURG — Police were looking Thursday for a man believed to have robbed two banks in as many days, one in Pinellas Park and another in St. Petersburg.

Pinellas Park police said the man walked into Chase Bank at 7360 U.S. 19 N at about 10:30 a.m. and handed a note to a teller. The note demanded cash and implied that he had a gun, police said. The man left the bank on foot after the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police used a K-9 dog to try to track the man, but a search was unsuccessful.

The same man was believed to have committed a similar robbery Wednesday at First Bank at 6850 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. In that case, the man walked into the bank at about 11:30 a.m., handed a teller a note demanding money and implying that he was armed, and fled after receiving cash.

The man was described as white, with dark, close-cropped hair, in his 40's, about 5-feet-6, and weighing about 215 pounds. In the Pinellas Park robbery, he wore a black ball cap, tinted eyeglasses, a black tank top, denim shorts, dark ankle sock and tennis shoes. He also carried a cell phone on his right hip. In the St. Petersburg robbery, he wore a similar outfit with a camouflage ball cap.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call Pinellas Park police at (727) 541-0758 or St. Petersburg police at (727) 893-7780. Tips can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 1 (800) 873-TIPS (8477)

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