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NAPLES — The rash of local bank robberies continued Wednesday in Golden Gate Estates.
Collier County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect who slid a robbery note to a teller and made off with an undisclosed amount of money from Bank of America, 12965 Collier Blvd., near Pine Ridge Road at about 9:50 a.m. It’s the sixth local bank-related robbery since early July.
The suspect in Wednesday’s robbery was described as a 6-foot black male weighing about 210 pounds. Surveillance photos show he was wearing a black jacket with a white undershirt, dark baggy shorts, sunglasses and a black Florida Marlins cap.
The suspect didn’t show a weapon, and authorities don’t know if he was armed.
“He actually kept possession of the note and told her what he wanted,” Collier County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Rod Bishop said.
Investigators don’t know which direction the suspect fled, and deputies couldn’t perform a canine search because of the rainy conditions.
“He left the bank on foot,” Bishop said. “We don’t know if there was any vehicle.”
Investigators cordoned off the bank following the robbery, but the rest of the Brooks Village shops remained open.
Since early July, three suspects have been arrested for separate bank robberies in Southwest Florida, all captured within days of the holdups. The suspects each face unarmed robbery charges, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
In Wednesday’s robbery and a late July robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch, the suspects haven’t been caught. A suspect also remains at-large in a downtown Naples robbery Tuesday, when a masked man put a gun to a local convenience store manager and stole his deposit bag outside a bank.
The robberies have been spread around the area, with two in the city of Naples, two in North Naples and single robberies in Golden Gate Estates and Bonita Springs. Nobody has been hurt in any of the six robberies.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect in Wednesday’s robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (239) 252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.