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Tampa police search for would-be bank robber

TAMPA — Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a SunTrust branch early Friday.

The manager was opening the front door of the bank at 8005 Harbour Island Blvd. just before 7:15 a.m. when a man jumped out from behind the corner and implied he had a gun, police said.

He told the bank manager to open the door, police said.

The manager complied but hit a silent alarm button on their way in, officials said.

Within minutes, officers arrived. When the would-be robber heard police, he ran out the back door without any money, police said.

No one was injured.

The robber remained at large late Friday. He is white, in his early 30s, about 5-feet-10 and 160 pounds, and wore a dark blue or black hooded windbreaker with a white logo and jeans, police said.

A perimeter was set up around the bank to search for the robber, a marine unit searched the waters around the island and nearby Rampello Elementary School was put on lockdown.

Traffic coming to and going from Harbour Island was limited for more than two hours while police investigated. Cars leaving the island were searched, police said.

Searching cars in this way is unusual, said spokeswoman Andrea Davis, but the limited access to the island made it easy for police to cordon off roads the robber would have to use to leave.

Tampa police search for would-be bank robber 01/13/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 5:07pm]
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