Published: Feb 26, 2014 5:27 AM EST

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - The Venice City Council has declined to recommend that banks adopt a "no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses" policy to deter robberies.
    
The Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ljBJkE) reports that at least three bank robberies occurred in the Venice area last year in which the culprits concealed their faces - including one robber who wore an Albert Einstein mask.
    
The city administration and police department suggested the council adopt a resolution, rather than a law, in support of the Florida Bankers Association's recommendation that banks enact the policy.
    
Some council members expressed concerns that, if enacted as a law, the requirement would have violated the civil rights of those whose religion requires them to wear head garments.
    
Council members tied on the vote, so the proposal didn't pass.
    
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Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com

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