Authorities seek serial bank robber operating in Tampa Bay area
(BTLS Staff report) PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – Authorities in the Bay area are asking for the public’s help in identifying a serial bank robbery suspect.
According to a Pinellas Park Police Department report he struck again on Thursday at the Fifth Third Bank on 66th St. North.
The report states the unidentified white male walked into the bank, brandished a handgun, walked up to the counter and demanded cash.
Detectives with several law enforcement agencies believe the suspect has committed similar crimes at banks in Pinellas and Hernando counties.
Surveillance images captured at the Pinellas Park bank match images taken from a Seminole-area bank robbery several weeks ago. That crime also occurred at a Fifth Third Bank location.
Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office have been working leads on this suspect for several months. They hope to capture him before he can strike again.
Some believe the man may not live in the Bay area but may be traveling here to commit his crimes. Detectives believe he’s robbed banks in Palm Harbor and Safety Harbor.
The suspect is described as a white, middle-aged male with a heavy build. He stands 6’1” tall, has black/gray short hair with a goatee. He has a medium complexion and was last seen wearing a black hat with an unknown logo, a black long-sleeved shirt, khaki cargo shorts and white tennis shoes.
If you have any information about these bank robberies or recognize the suspect, please contact the Pinellas Park Police Department or the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.