LAKEWOOD RANCH — A man handed a note to bank tellers demanding money and claimed he was armed Wednesday morning, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office officials.
The man, who had short brown hair and wire rimmed glasses, was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts hanging over his thin frame. He was shown pictured in surveillance images at the SunTrust Bank, 6135 Exchange Way.
No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery, which took place about 9:15 a.m. shortly after the bank opened, said Dave Bristow, sheriff’s office spokesman.
So far, the sheriff’s office has investigated 13 bank robberies this year, with more than half the cases closed with arrests, he said.
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The arrests, in part, are due to detailed digital bank surveillance images allowing detectives to learn the identity of the suspects, he said.
In this particular case, “It looks like one of the better photos we’ve had,” Bristow said.
The suspect appears to be in his 20s, standing between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches in height.
Bank employees told investigators they saw no weapons during the robbery.
After the man walked out of the bank, it’s unclear how he left the scene, Bristow said. He took an undisclosed amount of cash.
Nationwide, there have been 2,276 bank robberies reported for the first six months of this year, according to FBI statistics. In a vast majority of those cases, bandits used a note to rob a bank.
Anyone with information about the robbery can contact the sheriff’s office’s Detective Dennis Sanders at 747-3011, ext.2552, or remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 by calling Crimestoppers at (866)634-TIPS (8477).