FBI warning of increased bank robberies in S FL

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released new information about bank robberies. It says in the last couple of years, bank crimes have increased in South Florida.

The FBI has released new details about trends nationally. It says that about 92% of bank crime perpetrators are men, and most use a demand note or threat of a weapon.  The majority of the cases are non-violent one-on-one robberies.

Bank robberies tend to happen at bank branch offices in commercial districts.  The FBI says 95% of bank crimes happen at the counter, with only one percent happening at ATMs.  The crimes most commonly happen on Fridays between 1 and 6 p.m.

Right now, West Palm Beach police are searching for two male suspects after a robbery at Florida Community Bank on 2001 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

Police say on Tuesday, November 12, a man wearing a black sweatshirt approached the counter and handed the teller a note.  A second man, wearing a red shirt, stayed at the door to serve as a lookout.

Police are asking for anyone with information to call Detective Craig Bryan  at 561-822-1656 #1013.  Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers.  Text "WPBPD" plus your tip to 274637 or call 1-800-458-TIPS.  The crime tip line for West Palm Beach is 1-866-312-7193.

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