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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

Man uses bucket in Clearwater bank robbery,

Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2014 at 02:58 PM

A robber claiming he had a bomb stashed the loot in a bucket before fleeing a Clearwater bank Wednesday morning, police said.

The man entered the First United Bank, 1465 S. Fort Harrison Ave., about 9:20 a.m., police said.

He told employees he had a bomb and that an accomplice across the street had a detonator, police said.

The man placed an unclosed amount of cash in the bucket and fled in an older, forest green sport utility vehicle or minivan, police said. The vehicle likely is missing the left-front hubcap and might have silver trim around the bottom.

Police described the robber as white, about 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He wore sunglasses, an industrial facemask, a gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at (727) 562-4242 or email tips@myclearwater.com.

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