Robber with bucket makes bomb threat in bank holdup

CLEARWATER, Fla. - A robber carrying a bucket threatened to blow up a Clearwater bank if an alarm was sounded, police say.

The suspect walked into the First United Bank on South Fort Harrison Avenue shortly before 9:30 Wednesday morning.

He implied he had a bomb and that an accomplice across the street was armed with a detonator.  He placed the money in the bucket and took off in an older-model forest green SUV or minivan.

Police say the vehicle may be missing the left front hubcap and might have silver trim around the bottom.

The robber is described as a white male, about 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 200 pounds. He wore sunglasses, an industrial face mask, a gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Clearwater Police at 562-4242 or email tips@myclearwater.com.

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