Martin County Sheriff William Snyder talked Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, concerning the FBI’s seek for a person needed in a string of financial institution robberies, together with two Monday in Palm Metropolis and Port St. Lucie. EMILY BOHATCH/TCPALM
Robbing a financial institution was his first mistake. His second was abandoning that observe.
The FBI’s first lead on the id of the “Shaky Bandit,” suspected in a collection of financial institution robberies, got here from a latent fingerprint on a notice the robber left behind after what authorities assume was his first heist.
Eleven financial institution robberies later, the suspect, recognized as Brandon Venditti, 22, was arrested Tuesday, along with an apparent getaway driver. They fled from Collier County sheriff’s deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and FBI agents at high speed on Alligator Alley after robbing a Wells Fargo bank branch in East Naples, officials said.
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Brandon Michael Venditti. (Photo: Collier County Sheriff’s Office)
Venditti, of Weston, surrendered immediately when authorities found him in the back seat of a gray Mazda hatchback that had been involved in other robberies, authorities said. The getaway driver, identified as Walter Roberts, 29, had fled on foot, according to an arrest report.
Roberts, of Fort Lauderdale, climbed over a 15-foot tall barbed-wire fence that separated the cross-state stretch of Interstate 75 from the Everglades and jumped into a canal. Authorities were waiting for him as he tried to swim away.
Authorities said it was the end to an almost three-week-long string of bank heists that mostly spanned Broward and Palm Beach counties before crossing the state.
Records filed in federal court detail the first robbery that authorities think Venditti committed.
On Sept. 27, a man later identified as Venditti went to a Citibank in Fort Lauderdale and handed a bank teller a note demanding money, a criminal complaint states.
Venditti reportedly told the teller, “I have no choice but to do this. I have a family,” the complaint states.
He handed the teller a note that read, “This is a Robbery You have 30 seconds to fill this bag NO ALARM No Bull (expletive) OR I will Shoot you in the (expletive) Face,” authorities said.
Venditti left the bank with about $2,183. Officials tested the note for fingerprints and came back with a match to a man identified in court documents as W.R.
FBI agents on Monday interviewed W.R.’s parents in their Fort Lauderdale home and asked if their son, who is black, “associated with any white males,” as the bank robber was white, the complaint states.
The parents told authorities of someone they knew only as “Brandon” and described him as…