Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-520 (13-514)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 27, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Suspect Identified In Dual Hillsborough County Bank Robberies

    Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in locating Thomas J. Nelson.
    • Saturday
    • December 21, 2013
    • Time: 12:25 PM
    • Bank of America
    • 13080 Race Track Road
    • Tampa

    Suspect:


    Thomas John Nelson
    DOB:09/02/1980
    6'4" 230 lbs.

    At large

    Charges:

    • (Warrants) Bank Robbery (2 counts)

    Details:

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives are requesting the public's assistance in locating Thomas J. Nelson who has two active bank robbery warrants issued in Hillsborough County along with a active warrant issued in Polk County for Grand Theft (Failure to Appear).
     
    Nelson who is currently out on bond from an October 09, 2013 bank robbery arrest in Pasco County is still believed to be somewhere in the West Central Florida area. The following two cases highlight the bank robberies in which warrants were issued for Nelson's arrest in Hillsborough County.
     

    Previous News Release (13-514):

    On December 21, 2013 at approximately 12:25 pm, Thomas J Nelson while wearing a ball cap, sunglasses and a fake beard walked into the Bank of America, located at 13080 Race Track Road in Tampa.
     
    Nelson then approached a teller and passed a note demanding cash. The teller complied and turned over and an undisclosed amount of cash. Nelson fled from the bank and was seen fleeing on a black 1987 BMW motorcycle which was abandoned in Pinellas County, Florida.
     
    On November 07, 2013 at approximately 1:10 pm, Thomas J Nelson while wearing a full face motorcycle helmet walked into the Bank of America, located at 13829 W. Hillsborough Ave in Tampa.
     
    Nelson then approached a teller and demanded the money from the cash drawer. The teller complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash. Nelson fled from the bank and was last seen fleeing on a black motorcycle.

    Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Thomas J. Nelson is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

    Anyone who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

     
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