Suspect In Custody After Robbery at Belleair Bluffs Bank
A 60 year-old transient, Michael Sandusky, is in custody after reports of a bank robbery at approximately 3:27 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
The robbery was at the Bank of the Ozarks located at 525 Indian Rocks Road.
Several deputies and officers from the Belleair Police Department were in the immediate area at the time of the robbery.
When deputies arrived, they were informed that a man armed with a knife
approached two bank tellers and demanded cash. The suspect took an undisclosed
amount of cash from the bank teller and fled the scene before deputies arrived.
Deputies obtained a physical description of the suspect and began searching
Within a few minutes, a suspect vehicle near Ponce De Leon Blvd and Indian Rocks Road was located.
Deputies made contact with the occupants in the vehicle identified as 43-year
Brian Kleer, 27-year-old Justin Turek and 60-year-old Michael Sadusky.
Deputies say Sadusky fit the description of the suspect. Sadusky was in
possession of cash consistent with the amount stolen from the bank and a knife
similar to the one used in the bank robbery.
Through various investigative techniques, detectives confirmed that Sadusky
was responsible for the bank robbery. Detectives say Sadusky fled the bank
after committing the robbery and walked to the Belleair Bluffs Apartments
located at 675 Indian Rocks Road, where he solicited a ride with Kleer and his
nephew Turek. Detectives say Kleer and Turek had no knowledge of the bank
Detectives interviewed Sadusky and he admitted to committing the bank robbery.
Detectives arrested Sadusky and transported him to the Pinellas County Jail
without incident. Sadusky was charged with one count of armed robbery.
Kleer and Turek were released and no criminal charges are expected.
The investigation continues.