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Tampa man suspected in series of bank robberies

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: July 31, 2014 at 02:51 PM

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A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest Wednesday of a Tampa man suspected in a series of bank robberies over the past nine months in the Bay area, investigators said.

Matthew Donald Maxwell, 29, is being held in Atlanta and awaiting extradition, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

From the tip, Hillsborough, state and federal investigators were able to determine that Maxwell was a suspect in the robberies.

Information was provided to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office detectives, who said two witnesses from a November robbery identified Maxwell in a photo line-up. An arrest warrant was issued Monday on a charge of bank robbery.

In Hillsborough, deputies said charges against Maxwell are pending on robberies at the following institutions:

• Fifth Third Bank, 1020 N. U.S., Ruskin, on Jan. 16.

• Fifth Third Bank, 3402 Lithia-Pinecrest Road, Brandon, on Feb. 4.

• PNC Bank, 821 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, on March 18 and June 16.

• Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union, 4373 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico, on May 30.

Authorities said he wore a disguise during the crimes. In the March robbery at PNC Bank, the robber wore a painter’s outfit, including a mask and goggles.

Authorities learned Maxwell was on vacation in Atlanta, where he was taken into custody Wednesday.

After his arrest, a court authorized a search warrant for Maxwell’s residence in Sulphur Springs. During the search, investigators located a large sum of money in a hidden compartment along with several items of evidentiary value, Hillsborough detectives said.

Maxwell was interviewed in Atlanta by investigators from several agencies and confessed to committing several bank robberies in the Bay area, Hillsborough detectives said.

The investigation continues.

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