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April 10, 2014

UPDATE: Live Oak bank robber still at large

Live Oak —

An unknown black male wearing a knitted hat, dark jacket, boots a fake beard, mustache and wig robbed two Live Oak banks Wednesday by passing a note to a teller.

According to officials, the suspect, believed to be a middle aged, medium complexioned, very slender black male, walked into TD Bank at the corner of South Ohio Avenue and Helvenston Street around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, passed a note to a teller and demanded money. The note stated “Give me all the 20s, 50s and 100s and no one will get hurt.” The teller complied, giving the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect wrapped the cash in a packet of paper and walked out. As the teller was handing over the cash, she activated the alarm.

According to Live Oak Police Sgt. Justin Bates, once the robber walked outside one of two dye packs went off. However, Bates said since the money was wrapped and the suspect later ditched his clothing, chances of any red dye getting on him were probably very minimal.

“The way he was holding it and how he got rid of the clothing, it’s hard to tell if he got any on him,” said Bates. 

The robber is then believed to have fled on foot in an unknown direction.

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 the demand note. He also stated there was a dye pack found. The evidence was turned over to authorities.

Later, around 2 p.m., the robber struck the South Ohio branch of First Federal Bank of Florida, located at the corner of South Ohio Avenue and 11th Street, across from KFC and Dairy Queen.

The suspect demanded cash and walked out with an undisclosed amount, wearing the same clothing, hat and fake accessories. 

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