FORT LAUDERDALE - A man who robbed a bank on Federal Highway this morning was captured shortly afterward and is the "rotten teeth robber" who committed several similar robberies over the past month, according to police and the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Police late this afternoon identified the suspect as Alan Weller, 47, of Lake Worth.
The latest incident occurred at 10:40 this morning, when Weller walked into the Wachovia branch at 4875 North Federal Highway, said Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sousa. He was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and a baseball cap; he approached a teller with a note demanding money, Sousa said.
The teller gave cash to Weller, who left, but police from the Fort Lauderdale Street Crimes Unit quickly established a perimeter in the area and captured the suspect, who was positively identified by bank employees, Sousa said.
Sousa and the Broward Sheriff's Office said Weller is the same person wanted for several bank robberies in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The FBI, which is also investigating the string of "rotten teeth" robberies, took him into custody this afternoon.
Since March 3, Weller was suspected in at least five Bank of America branches. According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, he struck in Pompano Beach on March 3, Lighthouse Point on March 16, Deerfield Beach, Tequesta and West Palm Beach on March 26. He also faces charges of robbing a BankAtlanitc branch in Pompano Beach on March 31.