Police bust wig wearing bank robbery suspect

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A serial bank robbery suspect notorious for wearing a woman's wig during robberies was arrested Saturday and allegedly admitted to police that he was behind a string of robberies dating back to July 2013.

Robert Claiborne, 44, is charged with two counts of strong arm robbery - no firearm or weapon and one count of resisting officer without violence to his or her person, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report.

On Saturday morning, Claiborne robbed SunTrust Bank at 1702 North Main Street wearing his signature woman's wig and scrubs-type clothing, according to the report.

Bank clerks gave Claiborne money and he fled, driving a gold Toyota Camry.

Police were able to stop the car with a "PIT maneuver," at which time Claiborne got out of the vehicle and tried to flee on foot.

Claiborne was apprehended, but he kept resisting arrest, so he was struck by a "'dry-stun' CEW" according to the report. He was taken to Baptist Hospital and absentee booked into the Duval County Jail. Claiborne told police he was behind six other robberies, including one at Alive Credit Union on December 23.

JSO Assistant Chief Chris Butler credited Claiborne's arrest to the efforts of JSO's Crime Analysis Unit, Robbery Unit, Criminal Apprehension Team, patrol officers, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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