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Crime

Armed bank robber wearing cowboy hat on the loose, Sarasota detectives say

Sarasota County detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a bank on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were called to the BB&T bank at 160 Pointe Loop Dr. just after 1:30 p.m.

Witnesses told detectives that a man showed a handgun and demanded cash before possibly fleeing westbound on foot.

He is described to be between 40 and 50 years old and about 5-foot-10 with a medium build, deputies said.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark colored button-down shirt, jeans and a cowboy hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office criminal investigations section at 941-861-4900 or Crime Stoppers of Sarasota at 941-366-TIPS.

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