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Release Number: 09-171

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

June 18, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060




Suspect: Robert Nelson Thomas, dob: 06/12/71

                317 St. Cloud Avenue, Valrico


Charges: Attempted Bank Robbery

                 Attempted Strong Armed Robbery


Attempted Bank Robbery


Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.


Washington Mutual Bank

2615 SR 60, Brandon







A man walked into the Washington Mutual Bank at 2615 State Road 60 around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 and presented a teller with a note demanding money. When the teller could not comply, the suspect demanded the teller's wallet. He did not get that either. The suspect left the bank and got on a silver mountain bike and pedaled away.


Detectives canvassed the area and developed a possible name of the suspect.

Witnesses and the teller identified the suspect in a photograph, and he was arrested at his home around 7 p.m.