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Video gives lead on robbery suspect

Police are seeking the man in connection with Tuesday's bank heist.

By JOHN FRANK
Published May 16, 2007


BROOKSVILLE -- Police identified a person of interest wanted in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday morning at the Hernando County Bank on S Broad Street.

Authorities used surveillance video to narrow down a suspect. but Detective Randal Orman with the Brooksville Police Department said they had not located him by evening.

The man walked into the bank near the intersection of Cortez Boulevard just after 9 a.m., handed the teller a note and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash, investigators said.

At least three customers were in the bank at the time of the incident but no one was injured.

Investigators described the suspect as a white male in his late 40s to early 50s who is about 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs about 200 to 250 pounds. He has dark hair that is partially graying, bushy eyebrows, a dark complexion with acne or chicken pox scars on his face. He was last seen wearing a red plaid shirt.

This is the second robbery in recent weeks in Hernando County. Authorities also are still looking for a suspect in an April 11 robbery of a SunTrust Bank on U.S. 19 south of Forest Oaks Boulevard in Spring Hill. In that case, the Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a man described as 6 feet tall with an olive complexion and facial hair. He was wearing blue running pants, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information about either incident can call the Hernando County Crimestoppers at (352) 797-8477.

John Frank can be reached at jfrank@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6114.