Search continues for suspect linked to 3 Bonita bank robberies

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A man who deputies say has robbed three Bonita Springs banks in less than two weeks is still on the loose.

Authorities believe the same man is responsible for the crime spree that began at a Wells Fargo on Bonita Beach Road on September 9. A BB&T bank, also on Bonita Beach Road, was hit just two days later. The suspect’s latest target was a Wells Fargo on South Tamiami Trail on Monday.

Trish Routte with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers says detectives are looking into the suspect’s routine.

“When you’ve got somebody out there that’s done three now, it kind of gets under their skin a little bit,” said Routte.

In each case, the robber has walked inside the banks after 3 p.m., handing the tellers a note before taking off with the money. Routte says the suspect knows the area well to be able to get away quickly.

“At that time of the day right before rush hour, he knows he can blend in quickly and get out,” said Routte.

While no one can predict when a robbery will occur, John Scrivanich with Blue Lightning Protection says there are a few things banks and customers can look out for.

“Every bank should probably have on the front of their door, very well posted that says please remove sunglasses and hats on entrance. That is a good key if people don’t,” said Scrivanich.

Scrivanich adds to listen to your instincts,”just doesn’t look right, or it’s empty, move on and anything that’s suspicious, call the police immediately.”

Until this suspect is behind bars, some Bonita Springs residents say they’ll remain on edge.

“My husband and I both bank in this area and do shopping in this area,” said one resident, “it’s something that you don’t want to hear about where you live.”

Deputies also remind residents never to engage with a suspect during a bank robbery, you can work on gathering a good description that will give deputies a lead on the case without placing yourself in harm’s way. If you have any information on the recent bank robberies, call Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).