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Tarpon Springs police looking for bank robber

TARPON SPRINGS — Police are looking for a man who robbed a Whitney National Bank Thursday afternoon.

The man, described as about 5-foot-10 with a thin build was last seen running east from the bank toward Pinellas Trail, said Tarpon Springs police spokeswoman Lt. Barbara Templeton. He was wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans, likely stained from red dye, Templeton said.

"The dye pack did explode on him," Templeton said. "We've saturated the area and so far we haven't located him."

The man entered the bank at 503 S. Pinellas Ave. shortly after 2:30 p.m. and demanded money. No weapon was seen, but the man implied he had one by placing his hand under his shirt.

He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"He dropped a lot of it," Templeton said. "People have been bringing it to us and telling us where they found it, but it's pretty windy."

Templeton said a couple of witnesses chased the man for a short distance. They are currently being interviewed by police.

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Tarpon Springs police looking for bank robber 08/20/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 20, 2009 4:37pm]

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