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Crime & Courts

Man wanted in multiple Tampa bank robberies


A man who was already out of jail on bond for an alleged bank robbery in Pasco County is now wanted for two more bank robberies in Tampa, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thomas John Nelson, 33, who has no known address, is accused of robbing the Bank of America at 13080 Race Track Road on Dec. 21 and the Bank of America at 3829 W. Hillsborough Ave. on Nov. 7.

On Nov. 7, Nelson entered the bank wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet and demanded cash from a teller, before fleeing on a black motorcycle, deputies said.

On Dec. 21, Nelson entered the bank in a ball cap, sunglasses and a fake beard, before passing a note to the teller demanding cash, deputies said.

He again fled on a black 1987 BMW motorcycle, which was later found abandoned in Pinellas County, deputies said.

Nelson also has an active warrant in Polk County for failure to appear in court for a grand theft case, deputies said.

He is described as a white male with blue eyes, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. He is still believed to be somewhere in the West Central Florida area, deputies said.

Nelson was arrested and charged with a bank robbery in Pasco County on Oct. 9. At that time he was listed as homeless in Sarasota.

Anyone with information on Nelson 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 or text “CSTB” plus your tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).