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TIP LEADS BSO DETECTIVES TO SERIAL BANK ROBBER

BSO Case Number: TM02-3-2643 (UPDATE)
PIO Number: 02-3-46
Date: March 21, 2002
Time: 0911
Place of Occurrence: Bank United, 5779 North University Drive, Tamarac

Victim(s):

  • Bank United, 5779 North University Drive, Tamarac

Suspect(s):

  • Cedric Shivers, 37, 6/29/64, male, 8005 SW 7 Place, North Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

An alert citizen helped Broward Sheriff's Office deputies identify a suspect, who confessed to robbing more than a dozen banks in Broward and Palm Beach counties since August 2001.

The anonymous caller phoned a tip into Broward Crime Stoppers on March 25th. The caller said he observed a black male acting suspiciously on March 21st, driving erratically from Bank United on Rock Island Road in Tamarac. He said the occupant was attempting to change his clothes. Suspicious of the man’s activities, the caller said he wrote down a description of the car, the tag number and description of the suspect. After he learned of the bank robbery from media reports, he phoned the tip into Crime Stoppers.

Using the car’s license plate number, BSO Robbery detectives identified the suspect as Cedric Shivers. Shivers was arrested at his North Lauderdale home on March 27th on a misdemeanor warrant for an unrelated D.U.I. case. During questioning by BSO robbery detectives and FBI agents, Shivers admitted to robbing the following 16 banks:

·Bank of America, 5900 Rock Island Rd., Tamarac on 8/31/01·Citibank, 5825 N. University Dr. Tamarac on 9/1/01·Bank of America, 8200 N. University Dr., Tamarac on 9/11/01·SunTrust, 6260 NW 9 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale on 9/27/01·Southtrust, 400 N. State Road 7, Margate on 10/30/01· Bank of America, 2000 W. Glades, Boca Raton on 11/9/01·Washington Mutual, 3201 N. Federal Highway, Oakland Park on 11/15/01·SunTrust, 1890 N. University Dr., Coral Springs on 11/16/01·Southtrust, 2300 N. University, Sunrise on 11/27/01·Bank of America, 21060 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton on 12/12/01·SunTrust, 110 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach on 1/2/02·Washington Mutual, 5950 W. Glades Rd., Boca Raton on 1/2/02. · Southtrust, 2300 W. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach on 2/18/02·Union Planters, 8337 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation on 3/1/02·Gateway American Bank of Florida, 1451 NW 62 Street, Ft. Lauderdale on 3/19/02Bank United, 5900 Rock Island Rd., Tamarc on 3/21/02.

Shivers, an unemployed accountant, told investigators he robbed the banks because he did not have the financial means to pay his mounting bills. He remains at BSO’s Main Jail on a no bond hold, charged with three counts of armed robbery. The remaining charges will be presented to a Federal Grand jury for indictment.

INVESTIGATORS: Robbery Det. L. Crew, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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