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April 9, 2014

Live Oak bank robberies: What we know right now

Live Oak —

An unknown black male wearing a toboggan, dark jacket, boots and what appeared to be a fake beard and mustache walked into the TD Bank at the corner of South Ohio Avenue and Helvenston Street around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The suspect handed a teller a note demanding money. The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. 

Live Oak Police Department officers and Suwannee County Sheriff’s deputies then began searching for the suspect, with the aid of K9 officers.

All public schools and some daycares in the Live Oak area were placed on lock-in status, due to the suspect being at large. The lock-ins were lifted around 2:30 p.m.

Local resident Wayne Jones said he was in the Sullivan Agency parking lot shortly after the robbery, next to the bank, when he found a “lot” of cash on the ground with a note that stated “20s, 50s and hundreds only”. He also stated there was a dye pack found. The evidence was turned over to authorities.

According to information received, a bag was found behind KFC on South Ohio in Live Oak containing evidence that might have been used in the robbery.

Around 2 p.m., the South Ohio branch of First Federal Bank of Florida was robbed, believed to be by the same suspect. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

A passerby said her daughter saw the suspect enter the FFBF branch after she identified him from a surveillance photo published online by the Democrat. The passerby said the suspect casually walked into the bank shortly before it was robbed.

Banks in the county and surrounding counties were notified of the robberies and are on alert. 


No weapon was displayed during either robbery and no injuries were reported. 

The suspect is still at large. 

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