Monday, June 18, 2018
Public safety

Suspect in Hernando, Pasco bank robberies appears to be same

The suspect who authorities believe robbed a bank in Hernando County last week appears to be the same man who tried to rob a bank in New Port Richey three days later, authorities say.

A man entered the Regions Bank at 1500 Pinehurst Drive in Spring Hill about 2 p.m. Friday and handed a teller a note, demanding money. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Hernando Sheriff's Office described the suspect as a white man, about 6 feet tall with short blond hair. He appeared to be in his 30s and weighed roughly 140 to 170 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, a white long-sleeved shirt under a black graphic T-shirt, and a black ball cap with the letters "FBI" on the front.

About 1:20 p.m. Monday, a man fitting a nearly identical description tried to rob the Hancock Bank at 2914 Little Road in New Port Richey. He handed the teller a note, but the teller refused to give him cash, so he took his note and left, a Pasco sheriff's spokesman said.

Authorities say the suspect had a pronounced stutter and may be driving a silver midsize four-door vehicle.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information that could help with the investigation was asked to call Hernando Detective John Ellis, (352) 754-6830. To remain anonymous or be eligible for a reward, call Hernando County Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-866-990-8477 or go to hernandosheriff.org/tips.

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