Date: April 10, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Serial Bank Robber Hits Another Winter Haven Bank

Polk County Sheriff's Robbery detectives are looking for a serial bank robber who has robbed four banks in the county within the last month.  In each robbery, the suspect walks up to a teller, hands the teller a note,
takes money, and leaves. In each robbery, he is wearing the same camouflage floppy hat and large glasses.

The bank robber hit another bank today, Saturday, April 10, around 12:40 p.m.  He walked into the Mid-Florida Credit Union at 5540 Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven, with the bank full of customers, handed the teller a note, and walked out with the cash he received. He fled on foot in a northbound direction.

The other bank robberies he is responsible for are:
Thursday, March 11, around 3:00 p.m., Wachovia Bank at 5720 Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven.

Saturday, March 20, 11:50 a.m., Bank of America at 888 Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven.

Friday, April 1, 4:30 p.m., Mid-Florida Credit Union at Edgewood and South Florida in Lakeland.

There are several photos from different banks' surveillance videos. The suspect is described as a white male in his 50's, with acne scars on his face, about 5'6" to 5'8" tall, with a thin build. Today he was wearing the aforementioned hat, glasses, a red, white & blue horizontal striped shirt, blue jean shorts, and white tennis shoes.
 


Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Richard Davis at the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-226-0344, 863-533-0344, or 863-534-6379.

To be eligible for a cash reward and remain anonymous and call the Polk County Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!


 

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