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November 2, 2002

UPDATE: 11/03/02

The stolen vehicle from the bank robbery has been recovered,. It was discovered by Deputy Joe Milonas at 1:26 this morning (Sunday morning) at the Winrock Plaza office center, 339 Racetrack Rd, NW. This location is slightly more than one half mile east of the scene of the robbery.

N E W S   R E L E A S E

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Saturday morning holdup of the Vanguard Bank at 815 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Two female employees were accosted at gunpoint at approximately 8:30 this morning (Saturday morning) by a robber who took cash, then stole an employee's car.

The stolen vehicle is a dark green 1995 Nissan Maxima 4-door with Florida tags A42 NCP. The car is described as newly-painted, and with reflective silver-colored window tinting.

No reliable description is available for the robber, who was completely covered, including an auburn or reddish-colored wig that covered his head and face. The robber also wore a multi-colored green-red-blue flannel shirt, possibly with a white T-shirt underneath. He brandished a silver or chrome colored handgun, and left both employees tied up.

The robbery was reported at 8:48 this morning (Saturday morning), after one of the employees freed herself. Nobody was injured in the robbery; an undetermined amount of cash was taken.

Anybody with information about the location of the stolen green Nissan or any other information that could aid the investigation should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 651-7400, or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850)863-TIPS (863-8477, or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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