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Published Sep. 18, 2009

Police say the robbers who stormed into pawn shops wearing costumes ranging from surgical scrubs to beauticians' sinks may have graduated to bank robbery Wednesday.

According to the Tampa police: At 11:15 a.m., a stolen blue Plymouth van pulled up to the entrance of the Bank of America in at 4825 S Manhattan Ave. in South Tampa.

Two men jumped out wearing masks and went into the bank with pistols drawn. Patrons and tellers were told to get on the ground.

One man, who was described as wearing designer clothing, jumped over the counter and emptied the teller's drawers before jumping back over and running from the bank with the second suspect.

Police later found the van at the Camden Apartments at 4800 S West Shore Blvd. - abandoned the same as the getaway cars in the three pawn shop robberies.

"We think they are linked because they have the same M.O.," said Andrea Davis, a police spokeswoman. "In every robbery, there were always three or four robbers, and the suspect descriptions all match,"

Detectives hope someone can identify the man who jumped the counter based on his designer clothes, which included a brown and tan striped shirt with a graffiti-style emblem on the left shoulder, blue jeans and a pair of blue checkered boxer shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.