Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Rash of bank burglaries might be related

WESLEY CHAPEL

List of bank burglaries might be connected

A man who broke into a Wesley Chapel bank on Christmas Eve might be a suspect in a rash of bank burglaries in the Tampa Bay area, authorities said.

About 4 a.m., the suspect smashed a window at Heritage Bank of Florida, 28909 State Road 54. The culprit — wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, pink gloves and a mask — took no money, said Pasco Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

Other recent bank burglaries in the area include a Brannen Bank in Brooksville and a Bank of Tampa in north Tampa that were hit Monday. Nothing was taken at the Bank of Tampa. The Hernando Sheriff's Office would not comment its case, the fourth bank burglary in the county this month. Others were at two Regions banks in Spring Hill and a Florida Community Bank in Brooksville. The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office also reported a bank burglary Saturday at Bay Cities Bank in Lutz.

Anyone with info is asked to call the Pasco sheriff's crime tips line toll-free at 1-800-706-2488.

Times staff

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