MUG SHOT/PHOTOS: 63-year-old Naples man charged with robbing two area banks

Video from NBC-2

— A Crime Stopper tip led to a Naples man being arrested for two local bank robberies, among them the Thursday afternoon heist at a Wachovia Bank branch in Estero, a Lee County Sheriff's Office statement said.

Thomas George Klein, 63, of 4985 22nd Place Southwest, Naples, was arrested Friday with assistance from the Collier County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Collier County Jail on the Lee County robbery charges, the statement said.

According to the release and media reports:

The tipster provided Klein's name, and due to use of the Crime Stoppers hotline, can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Detectives obtained Klein's driver's license photo and prepared a photo line-up, presenting it to several witnesses of Friday's robbery and one occurring Jan. 13 at the RBC Bank located at 9430 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs.

The witnesses of both robberies positively identified Klein as the suspect.

In both cases, Klein handed a bag and a demand note implying he had a gun to tellers.

In the Bonita Springs robbery, a witness said the robber wore a wig and counted his money behind the bank. In the Estero robbery, authorities described the suspect as either a male or a female.

© 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Stories

Comments » 1

FADEC writes:

Yes, the tellers are correct. This person is either a male or a female.

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.