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Robbers hit 3 local banks today

MANATEE — A woman robbed one bank, and tried to rob another today, according to law enforcement. The suspect may be the same woman who robbed another local bank last week.

Another suspect robbed a third bank this afternoon.

The Fifth/Third Branch in 6500 block of Cortez Road was robbed about 12:58 p.m. A woman got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, driving from the scene in a gold sedan, according to the Bradenton Police Department, which was investigating the hold-up.

About a half hour earlier, the same suspect tried rob the M&I Bank in the 5500 block of Manatee Avenue West, officials said. The woman had passed a note to a teller, when other tellers approached the woman and told her to remove her hat and sunglasses. The woman then grabbed the note and left the bank. She was last seen walking west on Manatee Avenue, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Keith Noordzy.

No one was hurt in either incident.

The sheriff’s office described the woman in the M&I Bank incident as having blond hair and freckles or blemishes on her face, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. She was wearing large black sunglasses, a large red hat and a purple scarf.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office was investigating a third bank robbery today, at the RBC Centura Bank branch in the 7366 52nd Place East, in front of Loews near the Interstate 75-State Road 70 interchange.

A man entered the bank just before 3 p.m., approached a teller and held up a note demanding money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank.

He was described as standing about 6 feet tall with a slim build. He was wearing a cap, thick glasses, a gray sweatshirt and jeans, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information about the robberies call the sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011, the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.