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” got here from a latent fingerprint on a observe the accused serial financial institution robber left behind after his first heist.
Eleven financial institution robberies later, the spree ended Tuesday with the suspect, identified as Brandon Venditti, 22, and a getaway driver leading Collier County sheriff’s deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and FBI agents on a high-speed chase on Interstate 75 after robbing an East Naples Wells Fargo, 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, continued the chase on foot, according to an arrest report.
Roberts, of Fort Lauderdale, ran toward a 15-foot tall barb-wire fence that separated the highway from the Everglades, scaled it and jumped into a canal on the other side. Authorities were waiting for him as he tried to swim away.
It was an eventful conclusion to a nearly three-week-long string of bank heists that mostly spanned Broward and Palm Beach counties before crossing coasts. Court records filed in federal court detail Venditti’s first suspected robbery and how authorities came to identify him as a suspect.
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, according to a criminal complaint.
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 say.
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 white, 20-25 years old and about 6 feet…