[UPDATE] TPD Makes Arrest in Pair of Bank Robberies

By: TPD Press Release, Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: TPD Press Release, Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro, Lanetra Bennett Email

UPDATED 9-23-11 by Lanetra Bennett

Police have responded to a half dozen bank robberies this year.

One man tried to hit up two banks in one day on Thursday.

Customers at the Bank of America on Thomasville Road in Tallahassee have noticed extra protection at the bank counters. We don't know if that's what gave a teller the confidence to say no to a bank robber, but, customers say it makes them feel safe."

Our cameras were there when Tallahassee Police arrested 46-year-old Kenneth Kurfis Thursday afternoon.

Officers say Kurfis had walked inside the Bank of America at 3430 Thomasville Road around 3:45 and demanded money.

Even though he implied he had a weapon, officers say the teller didn't give him any cash.

Police say Kurfis hopped in a taxi, went across the street, and robbed Florida Bank.

Florida Bank customer Dan Campbell says, "It's just nice to know that he didn't think it through very well and that they caught him, TPD from what I understand did an excellent job. So, it's just great to hear that we got one more bank robber off the streets."

Bank of America did not respond as to what procedures they have in place for complying with bank robbers. But, bullet-proof glass has recently been installed in front of the teller counter at the bank.

Bank of America customer Katherine Davis says, "I think they're wonderful precautionary measures. There's no amount of security that's ever going to take away entirely from the fallen nature of man. I think we'll always struggle with people who want to rob banks. But, know that there's that security meausre in place is comforting."

TPD has responded to six robberies this year; 3 for the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Kenneth Kurfis is charged with Robbery and Attempted Robbery.



UPDATED 7pm by Julie Montanaro

WCTV has exclusive video of Kenneth Kurfis being arrested and accused in a pair of Thursday afternoon bank robberies.

He was wearing a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans, just as the bank employees described.

Witnesses tell us the man was pulled out of a cab at the Inland gas station at the corner of Capital Circle NW and Tharpe Street.

TPD officers handcuffed the man, questioned him, and put him into a patrol car.
UPDATE 9-22-2011 5:05pm

TPD is now confirming the person they arrested near Tharpe Street was the suspect involved in a pair of bank robberies.


UPDATE 9-22-2011 4:57pm

TPD has released a description of the suspect involved in a pair of bank robberies in Tallahassee.

The robberies happened in the 3400 Block of Thomasville Road at The Florida Bank and Bank of America.

Officers say a white man entered the Bank of America around 3:45 this Thursday afternoon, saying he had a weapon and demanding cash.

Police say when he couldn't get money there, he went across the street to the Florida Bank and did get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as being a white man, around 30-40 years of age, and has short dark hair that is graying. He stands about 5'-7", weighs 170 lbs. and is wearing a blue plaid shirt with blue jeans

Police are investigating to see if a man arrested off of Tharpe Street after the robberies is the man who committed the crimes. We will bring you more information soon as we get it.

Pictures of the scene are attached above.

Tallahassee, FL -- September 22, 2011 --

TPD is responding to a bank robbery in the 3400 Block of Thomasville Road.

The Florida Bank and Bank of America were robbed by the same suspect. Investigation is on-going.

WCTV has a crew on the way.

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