HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla – Detectives are looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a bank in Valrico.
On Friday, at approximately 2 p.m., a suspect entered the Truist Bank at 3511 Bell Shoals Road with a gray bag and what appeared to be a pipe bomb. He demanded an undisclosed amount of money, before exiting the bank, and leaving behind the bag.
He was last seen walking east and then north out of the bank. He left without taking any cash. No bank employees or customers were injured.
A neighboring school, Navigator Academy, was placed on a brief lockdown, out of an abundance of caution, but was later cleared without incident.
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“I commend the quick response from our deputies to the scene and their devotion to protecting the victims in this violent crime,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Our job is not done, as we work diligently, with the public’s help, to find this suspect and put him away, so he doesn’t terrorize our community anymore.”
The suspect in this attempted bank robbery is described as a white male, about 5’09 – 5’11 tall, 180 lbs, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a green and camouflaged shirt, light blue jeans, and a black cap.
This investigation remains active. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.
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