Crime

Bank robbery, suspicious package cause evacuation of Coral Gables building

The FBI released this photo of the man the agency is seeking in connection with Friday’s bank robbery.
The FBI released this photo of the man the agency is seeking in connection with Friday’s bank robbery.

A large office building in the heart of downtown Coral Gables was evacuated late Friday afternoon after a bank robbery and after police found a suspicious package nearby.

The building at 355 Alhambra Circle is a towering, 16-story office building owned by Prudential. The building has two banks, Marquis Bank, where the robbery took place, and Chase Bank.

Workers in the building were told to use the stairs, not the elevators — a long trek for people on the upper floors.

The FBI is the lead agency on the investigation into the bank robbery. Coral Gables police and the city of Miami bomb squad investigated the suspicious package and deemed it safe.

By about 5:30 p.m. the streets around the building were reopened and employees were allowed to go back inside.

“Marquis Bank is cooperating with Coral Gables police with its investigation of a robbery attempt this afternoon at the bank’s Alhambra branch. The office will open as usual on Monday morning at 9 a.m.,” the bank said in a statement.

An FBI press release said the agency is looking for one unidentified man but did not say whether he acted alone It also said the amount of money he stole and the nature of the package will “not be released at this time.”

The release said no one was injured.

The FBI is asking anyone with information as to the identity of this bank robber to call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or to call Crimestoppers.

Charles Rabin: 305-376-3672, @ChuckRabin

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