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Low-key robber hits 4 banks

"Lost in plain sight," the man waited in line and didn't display a weapon in heists.

By Abhi Raghunathan
Published April 3, 2007


The bank robber blends in with ease.

He waits in line. He doesn't wear a disguise, or even gloves. One teller told investigators that she thought he was cashing a check - until she read his note demanding money.

With such unassuming methods, one man has managed to rob four banks from Dunedin to St. Petersburg during March. Cpl. Paul Martin of the Pinellas County sheriff's robbery unit calls the culprit "a covert robber."

"He just gets lost in plain sight," Martin said.

The man doesn't wear much in the way of distinctive garb. He's worn orange-tinted sunglasses and a long-sleeved dark-colored "Orange County Choppers" T-shirt.

Investigators say he's a white man who's 6 feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He looks about 30 to 35 years old and wears his hair in a ponytail, sometimes tucking it under a baseball cap. He has suggested that he has a weapon, but never displayed one.

The bank robber began his series of crimes March 6 by robbing a Wachovia Bank at 3131 66th St. N in St. Petersburg, authorities said. Two days later, he stole from a Bank of America at 5701 38th Ave. N.

The robber waited five days before hitting a Wachovia Bank at 1483 Main St. in Dunedin. Finally, on March 29, he robbed a Bank of America at 10900 Seminole Blvd.

"He's being low-key," Martin said. "But just because he's low-key doesn't mean he's not dangerous."

Abhi Raghunathan can be reached at araghunathan@sptimes.com.

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To help

Anyone with information about this robber can call the Sheriff's Office at 727 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.