TAMPA — A serial bank robber hit his eighth area bank on Monday, holding up a Hyde Park SunTrust, Tampa police said.
The man walked into the bank at 601 Platt St., handed the teller a note on a 3-by-5-inch card and demanded all the "strapped" money. Police said he did not show a weapon.
He was in the bank for less than two minutes before he calmly walked out the door. Witnesses saw him walking down Platt Street until he reached the corner of Magnolia Avenue, where he ran south.
Police describe the robber as a 6-foot-2 black man in his 30s or 40s with a full beard who weighs more than 190 pounds. He has a medium complexion and was last seen wearing latex gloves, a long-sleeve, white, collared shirt over layers of clothing, dark pants and a bandana or cloth around his neck.
The man also wore black-rimmed prescription glasses and a fisherman's style hat. He carried a black messenger bag.
Police think he struck local banks in June, August, September and November 2008, two banks in January 2009 and another in April, mostly in South Tampa.
In each of the robberies, police said he entered the bank and handed the teller a note that said "this is a holdup" or stickup and then implied that he had a gun. He ran away with money from the robberies. No one has been injured.
The suspect appears to have knowledge of the banking industry, as he is very specific in his requests, police said. Detectives think he might live outside the city and county.
There is a Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Call toll-free, 1-800-873-8477. Anyone with information can also call the Tampa police at (813) 231-6130. The FBI also is involved in the investigation.