Bank robbery reported in East Naples

Surveillance: East Naples bank robbery

Man robs Fifth Third Bank.

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On his first day working as a sign holder on an East Naples corner, Brian Vulbrock saw more excitement than he bargained for.

A few hours into his shift near Radio and Airport-Pulling roads, the recent transplant from Florida’s east coast saw a flock of patrol cars swarm the bank he stood in front of, touting a granite business. Vulbrock stood outside of the county’s first bank robbery of the year and didn’t know it.

Deputies are looking for a man who around 11 a.m. Tuesday walked into the Fifth Third Bank Branch at 4025 Radio Road, East Naples, and slipped the teller a note demanding money and threatening he had a gun, according to a statement from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

He put his hand under his shirt to indicate he had a weapon, however, did not display one.

The teller handed the man an undisclosed amount of cash in a bag, which contained a red-dye pack.

The suspect may have a stains on his skin and clothes because the dye pack exploded.

Detectives searched the area, assisted by K-9 and air units, and released bank video surveillance images of the suspect.

He is described as white, clean-shaven, 30-35 years old, about 5-foot-6 and 145 pounds. He was wearing sunglasses, a white ball cap, a long-sleeve black T-shirt, and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County 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.

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