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Suspect in Bradenton bank robbery in custody

Bernard Joseph Arthur
Bernard Joseph Arthur(Manatee County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 5:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 12:47 PM EDT
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UPDATED June 22, at 12:45 with arrest.

BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Tips have led to an arrest in a Bradenton bank robbery on June 19.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Bernard Arthur, 62, was arrested in Sarasota Monday and charged with the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on 14th Street West in Bradenton at about 11:35 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies say the man was waiting in the teller line, and he appeared to be speaking with someone on his cell phone when he reached the teller with a note asking for money.

The note demanded different amounts of cash and that if he didn’t get it a bomb would go off.

According to deputies, the teller gave the man the money and was able to hit the silent alarm. The man then ran away from the scene and employees locked the door after he left.

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