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Bank robbery suspect is sought

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Barnett Bank this week, threatening to shoot the teller if she set off the alarm. The man told the woman he had a gun. Police said the man walked into the Barnett Bank at 1300 66th St. N about 11:50 a.m. Monday, handed the teller a note and a plastic Kash n' Karry bag and told her he would shoot if she set off the alarm. Witnesses told police the man left the bank in a reddish brown, two-door Oldsmobile with a Pennsylvania tag on the front. The man is described as white, about 5-feet-7 and 165 to 170 pounds. He has short blond hair, a high forehead and a heavy, muscular build, police said. Anyone who may have information about the robbery or suspect is asked to contact Detective Dan McLaughlin at 893-7513.Pawn rule would require print

Pinellas County commissioners will consider an ordinance that requires pawnbrokers to take a thumbprint of all customers who pawn property. The measure was suggested by Sheriff Everett Rice, who believes the ordinance will strengthen the county's efforts against theft. Rice told commissioners at a work session Tuesday that officials have prosecuted 57 men and women on stolen property charges as a result of identifications obtained from fingerprints. "Without the thumbprint, prosecution is difficult at best, because the owner can't remember the identity," Rice said.

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