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Taxi-driving suspect doesn't get far after holding up Clearwater bank

Published Aug. 19, 2015

CLEARWATER — A taxi-driving bank robber didn't get far after holding up a Wells Fargo branch Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Clearwater police were called to the bank at 2363 Gulf to Bay Blvd. at 4:46 p.m. after a man wearing a piece of black fabric over his head approached a teller and implied he had a weapon. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled the scene in the white taxi he drives for a living, police said.

About seven minutes later, the cab was spotted near Sunset Point and Old Coachman roads. Officers conducted a traffic stop near Old Coachman and Thames Street and arrested the driver, identified by police as 31-year-old Clinton Archer Wells, and charged him with two counts of armed bank robbery. One charge is for Tuesday's robbery and the other is for an Aug. 7 robbery at a U.S. AmeriBank branch, 2571 Countryside Blvd.

Police say Wells might be a suspect in other robberies in the area.