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Robbers hit 2 banks in 1 day

Detectives are trying to find out if the holdups in New Port Richey and Holiday are connected.

By TAMARA LUSH

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


Robbers took cash from two Pasco County banks on Thursday -- one in New Port Richey and one in Holiday -- and detectives are trying to determine whether the holdups are connected.

There have been three bank robberies in west Pasco this week. Authorities aren't saying how much money was taken during any of the robberies.

The first holdup on Thursday happened at 1:53 p.m. at the SunTrust Bank at 1424 Seven Springs Blvd. in New Port Richey.

A man in his mid 20s with stringy brown hair walked in and handed a note demanding money to one of the tellers. No weapon was displayed, and none of the seven employees in the bank was hurt.

Witnesses described the man as white, clean-shaven, weighing about 170 pounds, standing 6 foot 1, with a thin build. He was wearing a gray pullover shirt, tan pants and a gray or dirty brown baseball cap.

The man fled in a small, black subcompact car, which was last seen driving south on Seven Springs Boulevard.

The second robbery happened at 4:13 p.m.

A man wearing a bandanna on his head handed a note to a teller at the SouthTrust Bank at 3535 U.S. 19 in Holiday. Again, no weapon was displayed.

The four employees and three customers inside the bank were not hurt, authorities said.

Witnesses said the man was in his 30s and clad in blue jeans and a red Buccaneers pullover shirt with cutoff sleeves. He stood about 6 foot 2 and weighed about 180 pounds.

He fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the New Port Richey or Holiday bank robberies is asked to call Sgt. Charlie Calhoun at (800) 854-2862, ext. 7723.

On Tuesday, a man with a black Fu Manchu mustache robbed the Republic Bank at 6500 Massachusetts Ave. New Port Richey Police are investigating that robbery.

Information on that New Port Richey robbery should be directed to Cpl. Jackie Pehote at (727) 816-1130.

- Tamara Lush is the police reporter in Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6245. Her e-mail address is lush@sptimes.com.

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