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Suspect in the bank robbery. (Credit: SWFL Crime Stoppers)
Suspect in the bank robbery. (Credit: SWFL Crime Stoppers)

BB&T Bank on McGregor Blvd robbed Friday

Lee County deputies surrounded a BB&T Bank on McGregor Blvd. near College Pkwy. around 3 p.m. Friday.

LCSO deputies are looking for the man who robbed it, described as having dark sunglasses and a trimmed beard.

The suspect passed a note claiming that he had a gun and demanded money.

According to 2018 FBI bank crime statistics, most robberies occurred between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Of the 3,033 occurrences, 628 were on Friday while 766 were during those hours.

LINK: FBI Bank Crime Statistics

Rich Kolko, WINK News safety and security specialist, said there is a reason robberies happen on Friday.

“Probably the people robbing the banks are picking up money for drugs,” Kolko said.

With more than 80,000 banks and branches in the United States, Kolko said there is almost no chance of running into trouble, especially with the technique the suspect used.

“This is what is called a note job – it’s a verbal demand,” Kolko said. “And we have found, in many cases, the other people don’t even know the place is being robbed.”

If you can identify the man in the photo, call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). If your tip leads to his arrest, it will pay out a cash reward of up to $3,000.

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