Sunglasses suspect robs ANOTHER bank!

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Tampa, Florida - His words are few, but powerful.

He instructs tellers to give him the money, then sit on the floor.

The "Sunglasses Suspect" is robbing banks all over the bay area, detectives say, and he's going to strike again. They say it'll happen soon.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the Sunglasses Suspect

"He's calm, he doesn't speak much, but he's concise in demands. He knows what he's looking for," says Detective Jason Oliver from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

He's hit three banks so far, according to investigators:

  • BB&T Bank - 6213 State Road 54, Elfers
  • First Citrus Bank - 13850 Sheldon Road, Tampa
  • Superior Bank - 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill

The BB&T Bank robbery in Pasco County happened first on November 2, 2010.  Then, the Tampa robbery happened at the First Citrus Bank on December 8, 2010. The latest robbery was on January 28th in Spring Hill.

Each time it's the same. The suspect walks in wearing -- what else -- sunglasses.  He also wears a leather jacket and hat.  He wears gloves at all times, making it difficult to collect forensic evidence. At times, he also wears a mask. 

Tellers are terrified, but they always comply. Detectives say the tellers do what they're told, because the suspect also carries a .38 revolver with a black handle, which he freely displays.

"They're scared. You can tell they're shaken up when we spoke to them, mainly because of the gun and the display of the gun is not hidden or implied, it's out in the open," Detective Oliver told us.  "In a couple of them, he's actually rested it up on the counter," admits Detective Oliver.

Detectives say this suspect tends to pick remote, out of the way locations for banks, like the one on Sheldon road in Hillsborough County.

And another thing he does, detectives tell 10 News, he always hits before the morning rush. Detective Oliver told us, "He's comes in the morning, tends not to be a bunch of business in the bank."

Deputies added that the man's getaway car is a dark green Ford pick-up truck with a crew cab and dark-tinted windows.

If you know who this man is, it's worth up to $1,000 in reward money to turn him in to law enforcement.

Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.  You can also visit their webpage by clicking here.  You can remain anonymous.

Melanie Michael, 10 News

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