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Bank robber walks off with cash

The man hands the Bank of America teller a note, gets money and walks away. No getaway car was seen, deputies say.

By MICHAEL KRUSE
Published June 29, 2005


WEEKI WACHEE - Dressed in a white baseball cap, wire-rim reading glasses and a button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a man robbed the Bank of America at State Road 50 and U.S. 19 Tuesday.

The bank robber showed up shortly after noon, handed a note to a teller and got away with an undisclosed amount of money, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said. He did not display a weapon.

No one at the bank was hurt.

The Sheriff's Office received the call at 12:13 p.m.

"We have not developed a suspect yet," sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Donna Black said Tuesday afternoon.

The man is white, about 5 feet 6 or 5 feet 7 and 200 pounds - and about 40 years old.

He has brown hair and a "pock-marked type face."

During the bank robbery, he carried a light-colored jacket and a small, dark-colored bag with a handle.

After the teller complied with his written request, the man walked out the door facing State Road 50 and headed east, past the Touchfree Car Wash at the nearby Mobil Mart.

Black said there was no indication that he used a getaway car.

"He was last seen walking on foot, traveling eastbound," she said.

The initial search - done by deputies, canine units and helicopters - was unsuccessful.

About a half-hour later, at 12:47 p.m., south in Pasco County, a Wachovia bank branch in New Port Richey was robbed.

Authorities don't think the two robberies on Tuesday are connected.

"It has not been determined," Black said, "but it's not believed to be the same robber."

Not unless he was driving "a supersonic car," Black said.

A BB&T bank in Holiday in Pasco was robbed on Monday.

At the Weeki Wachee Village shopping center Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the robbery, yellow police tape stretched around the bank.

A few employees stood on the sidewalk in front of a busy Nellie's Restaurant.

A cruiser and three minivans from the Sheriff's Office sat in front of the bank, an unmarked car was around on the side, and another cruiser and an SUV were in back.

Deputy Iggy Velez was sitting in the SUV. All told, he said, about 10 people from the Sheriff's Office had been there and four detectives still were working in the area.

Two of them were in front of the Dollar General, wearing teal-blue rubber gloves and squawking walkie-talkies, going through the trash cans.

Michael Kruse can be reached at mkruse@sptimes.com or 352-848-1434.

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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information to call (352) 754-6830 or (352) 797-TIPS for the anonymous tip line.

[Last modified June 29, 2005, 11:47:46]


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