Brandon credit union robber got away with $120,000 in cash, new documents show

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The man accused of shooting two people while robbing a Brinks worker outside a Brandon credit union earlier this month got away with $120,000 in cash, a newly-released search warrant reveals.

“The suspect forcefully took a firearm and a bag from [the worker,]” the warrant says. “The bag contained approximately $120,000 in U.S. currency.”

The double shooting and robbery happened Dec. 6 outside the GTE Financial Credit Union on East Bloomingdale Avenue in Brandon. The man who did it has not been identified and is still on the run.

According to deputies, the man approached a Brinks worker as he filled the ATM on the outside of the building and demanded the money.

“A struggle ensued and the suspect fired the handgun striking [the worker] multiple times,” the warrant reads.

A man waiting for his wife inside his car jumped in to help and was also shot, investigators say.

The suspect fled the scene in a 2008 Ford Mustang, the warrant says. That vehicle was located at Creek Bridge Apartments, not far from the credit union, but the suspect was nowhere to be found.

The car is believed to be the same Mustang taken during a carjacking in St. Petersburg in early November. A St. Petersburg Police Department spokeswoman tells 8 On Your Side the carjacking happened outside a laundromat and the suspect fired on the car’s owner after the man handed over his car keys and wallet.

It’s believed the same suspect was also involved in a previous carjacking on Aug. 26, at the same St. Petersburg location.

Days after the Dec. 6 robbery and shooting in Brandon, the FBI linked the crimes to a prolific Tampa Bay robber.

The FBI tells 8 On Your Side that the man is wanted in five bank robberies over the past 14 months between Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

“This is a real priority for us. This is a violent criminal who shot multiple people and is now responsible for multiple violent crimes. It’s a significant priority of ours, especially in the violent crime arena,” said Michael McPherson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Tampa Field Office.

McPherson couldn’t disclose how many tips the agency has received regarding the suspect, but insists investigators are working diligently to find him.

“We’ve gotten tips. Obviously we need more. He’s not arrested yet. We need more and that’s why I’m talking to you today, to kind of implore people who know something, share it with us. Let us decide what’s important and what’s not,” McPherson said.

The reward for the man’s capture stands at $50,000 thanks to assistance from the FBI, CrimeStoppers, Brinks and Mid-Florida Credit Union.

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