|Published:||Nov 11, 2013 4:07 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 11, 2013 6:04 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - WINK News has new details about a couple accused in a string of bank robberies including one at the Edison National Bank near the Bell Tower Shops in August.
WINK News broke the story about Immanuel and Cara Williams who are charged with conspiring to rob 13 banks in Florida.
You might think of Bonnie and Clyde when it comes to this couple. Police say the husband and wife duo robbed banks, while the husband wore disguises.
His wife is a former Chase Bank employee. According to the FBI, she took a day off from her bank job to do a bank job in Tampa in December of last year.
Federal agents say the pattern of the bank robberies was the same. Cameras caught 28-year old Immanuel Williams at the bank teller windows wearing a hat and delivering a demand note for cash.
Authorities say the robbery spree stretched from Alabama to Fort Myers. In one incident, cameras snapped him in a 70's style outfit.
"This seemed to be a much larger case, there were, I believe it was 15 bank robberies and it was multi-jurisdictional," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez.
Deputies believe it was Williams who walked into the Edison National Bank near the Bell Tower Shops, and walked out with cash.
Williams is a former postal employee. His wife and alleged accomplice 28-year old Cara Williams is a former chase bank employee, and is the suspected getaway car driver.
"Much larger than just your regular bank robbery where you have one suspect and one bank robbery," said Bermudez Nunez.
The total loss from all of the robberies is estimated at nearly $55,000.
Agents were able to track the suspects using cell phone tower pings and surveillance pictures. The couple now faces federal robbery charges that could lead to maximum sentences of 20-years behind bars.