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Woman robs Fifth Third Bank at noon

BRADENTON — With plastic gloves covering her hands and sunglasses her eyes, a woman walked into a bank Friday and robbed the teller.

She walked away with cash in her pocket.

This heist marked the first bank robbery for Manatee County this year.

“We’re going to solve this one,” Bradenton Police Department Lt. John Affolter said.

Officers responded to Fifth Third Bank, 6601 Manatee Avenue West, at noon.

Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.

Witnesses said she walked in at lunch time with the bank empty of customers except for an elderly couple sitting with a banking representative at a desk, Affolter said.

The woman walked up to the teller, and slid a note that implied she was armed with a gun. She never brandished a firearm.

No one was injured, police said.

The robber is described as about 5 foot 1 and 150 pounds. She was wearing a jacket zipped up with her hair bundled up inside a gray hat. Police said it appeared to witnesses she was wearing heavy make-up.

After the woman took the money, she walked out, and no witnesses reported seeing her get into a vehicle or walk away once she exited, Affolter said.

Last year, the city of Bradenton had four bank robberies. All the cases resulted in arrests, officials said.

In 2007, Manatee County had 15 bank robberies. In 2008, the number of robberies doubled, with law enforcement responding to a spree of heists in the fall. That trend was also reflected throughout the state, according to officials.

Anyone with any information about this case can contact Detective Greg Price at 932-9355 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (866)634-TIPS (8477).