Thursday, April 11, 2013

Florida Bank Teller Grabs Robber's Gun


MELBOURNE, Florida -- A quick-thinking Florida bank teller took away a robber's gun yesterday.  At approximately 2:53 p.m. on Wednesday, the Melbourne Police Department received a call that a bank robbery just occurred at the Florida Business Bank located at 340 North Harbor City Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida. 


When officers arrived, they learned that a white male in his late 40's to early 50's entered the bank and approached a teller.  When contact was made, he drew a firearm from his pants and demanded money.  At this point, the teller complied and placed a sum of cash on the counter.  


As the suspect retrieved the money, he placed his gun on the counter.  Without hesitation, the teller took the gun from the counter and out of the suspect’s reach.  The man then stuffed the money into his bag, described as a tan military-style backpack, and fled the area. 


He was last seen northbound on Babcock Street from Circle Avenue riding a light-colored bike.  The suspect is described as 5’8” to 5’11” tall, 160-180 pounds, and was wearing a blue sleeveless shirt, light colored plaid shorts, camouflage hat, and white sneakers.


April 15 UPDATE: The Melbourne Police Department said on Monday that an arrest warrant for robbery exists for Steven Biest, 54, of Melbourne.





The Melbourne Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspect.


If you have any information, police ask that you please call Crimeline:
1-800-423-TIPS (8477)
or
The Melbourne Police Department’s Crime Tip Line:
321-409-2259