Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Police: Wig-wearing robber of Clearwater, Belleair banks arrested

CLEARWATER — The Clearwater and Belleair police departments have arrested a Largo man in connection with two recent bank robberies.

In both cases, investigators say, the robber came to the bank first to case it, then returned wearing a wig and gloves.

Daniel Christopher Williams, 29, of Largo faces two counts of strong-arm robbery.

According to Clearwater police, Williams walked into the 1st United Bank at 1465 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater on May 24 wearing a yellow shirt, sunglasses, black gloves and a shiny brown wig. He handed a note to the teller in which he demanded cash, Clearwater police said, then fled.

According to Belleair police, Williams entered the Fifth Third Bank at 601 Indian Rock Road in Belleair June 26 wearing a disguise. He handed the teller a note demanding money, then fled on a bicycle toward the Pinellas Trail.

On Sunday, Belleair police arrested Williams. Authorities noticed that he fit the description of the person who robbed the Clearwater bank in May. A teller from 1st United Bank and another witness identified him as the wig-wearing robber there, police said.

A second charge was filed against Williams for that robbery.

Williams was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Monday in lieu of $40,000 bail.

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