Police are searching for a gunman who investigators say robbed four Jacksonville banks in a month including one in Mandarin on Friday.
No injuries were reported in the holdups that began May 18, said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which released bank surveillance camera photos of the robber.
Authorities didn’t disclose how much money was stolen in the holdups.
Police said the gunman robbed these banks:
- June 16 – BB&T Bank, 11331 San Jose Blvd.
- June 7 – Bank of America, 13170 Atlantic Blvd.
- May 25 –First Florida Credit Union, 4530 St Johns Ave.
- May 18 – Atlantic Coast Federal Bank, 8048 Normandy Blvd.
In each of those cases, the robber entered the business wearing a hat and sunglasses. He approached the teller, brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. Once he got the money, he fled the area on foot, according to Officer Melissa Bujeda, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Bank robberies are not uncommon in Jacksonville. Past unrelated holdups include:
- On March 17, a 29-year-old Jacksonville man who fired a shot at police officers during a SWAT standoff and died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound subsequently was identified by investigators as the suspect who’d robbed a Wells Fargo branch in the Lakeshore neighborhood.
- On Dec. 1, 2016, a former Jacksonville man was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping following a two-hour standoff and hostage situation at Community First Credit Union on Edgewood Avenue West. None of the 13 hostages were injured, but police said the man fired his gun and repeatedly threatened to kill them. The situation ended when dozens of officers swarmed the scene and took him into custody peacefully.
Nationwide, bank robberies totaled 4,091 in 2015 including 240 throughout Florida, the most recent FBI data show.
The data doesn’t show how many of those holdups might have occurred in Jacksonville.
Nationwide, most bank robberies occur between 9 and 11 a.m. on Friday. Branch offices in commercial districts in metropolitan areasare robbed most often, according to the FBI Bank Crimes statistics for 2015.
That year, a total of 57 people were injured, nine died and 56 were taken hostage during bank robberies nationwide. Eight of the nine deaths were the bank robber. The remaining fatality was listed as “other,” in the data.
Anyone with information about the four recent Jacksonville bank robberies can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500, or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.
To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Teresa Stepzinski: (904) 359-4075