Update: Police Arrest Suspected Melbourne Bank Robber

By  //  April 16, 2013

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Found In Melbourne On Tuesday Morning

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A bank robbery suspect who had his gun taken away by a teller in Melbourne last week has been arrested by Melbourne police.

Police have arrested Steven Biest of Melbourne, 54, and charged him with robbing the Florida Business Bank last Wednesday. (Image courtesy of Melbourne Police Department)

Melbourne Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Sheridan Shelley said officers spotted suspect Steven S. Biest of 428 Poinciana Drive in Melbourne, 54, riding a bicycle about 10:48 a.m. Tuesday near Hickory Street and Nasa Boulevard in Melbourne.

Shelley said Biest has been identified as the suspect who entered the Florida Business Bank at 340 N Harbor City Boulevard about 2:50 p.m. last Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded cash from a teller.

The teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, but Shelley said when the suspect placed the gun on the counter to stuff cash into a bag,  the teller alertly grabbed the pistol and placed it safely out of the suspect’s reach.

Shelley said Biest then fled the area riding a bicycle.

A search was initiated, but failed to find Biest, but the gun was recovered by police officers.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Melbourne Police Department Tip Line at 321-409-2259 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).