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Police: Robber hit 5 bay area banks

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 1, 2003

ST. PETERSBURG -- Police think the same man has robbed four St. Petersburg banks in two weeks and has attempted unsuccessfully to rob a bank in Tampa.

Most recently, on Friday afternoon, the man robbed a Bank of America at 6201 Central Ave., police said. Shortly before 4 p.m., the robber handed a bank teller a note demanding money. He didn't show a weapon, and no one was hurt.

Earlier Friday, the same man tried to rob an AmSouth bank in Tampa but was prevented by the bank's security system, police said.

Last week in St. Petersburg, the man robbed a First State Bank at 2832 Fourth St. N, a SouthTrust Bank at 9400 Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) St. N, and an AmSouth Bank at 3399 66th St. N.

Police describe the robber as white, in his late 40s or early 50s, about 5 feet 6, and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, gray jacket and gray baseball cap.

Anyone with information was asked to call St. Petersburg police Detective James Shakas at (727) 893-4911 or the police communication center at (727) 893-7780.

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