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School Resource Officer Helps Nab Serial Bank Robbers, Suspect Robs Same Bank Twice in One Month

SPRING HILL – A bank robber might get away with one – maybe two – robberies in the same area but when the same suspect robs the same bank twice, in less than a month, he’s probably not the “brightest” criminal, if there is such a thing. But that’s exactly what officials say 46-year-old John Lowell Goff of Eufaula, Alabama did, when he robbed a BB&T bank on Spring Hill Drive yesterday, for the second time in a less than a month.

According to officials, Goff walked into the BB&T Bank located at 5331 Spring Hill Drive, just before 2:00 p.m. yesterday and demanded cash. Bank employees and witnesses provided a description of the suspect and his getaway car, a black Toyota Camry with Georgia Tags that was parked nearby.

Deputies quickly learned that the vehicle description matched that of a the one used in a prior robbery at the same location on August 29th, as well as a Citrus County BB&T robbery that occurred on September 6th, and numerous robberies throughout Florida.

Deputies also learned that Goff was in the company of an accomplice, 63-year-old Lemuel Tony Davis, also of Eufaula, Alabama, who was driving the getaway car.

Officials say, while responding to the scene of the robbery, Detective Kimberly Burger spotted a  vehicle matching the description, traveling at a high rate of speed east bound on Cortez Boulevard, near the Suncoast Parkway. Burger turned around but she was unable to get close enough to see what state the tag was from.

Deputy Julio Escoda, a school resource officer for Explorer K-8, heard the radio traffic and began to BOLO the area. Sources tell RNRF that Deputy Escoda spotted the vehicle near Hwy 50 and the truck route (Hwy 50 west) and called for backup. A felony traffic stop was conducted and both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Goff and Davis were transported less than a mile away to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters for interrogation, where they eventually confessed to the robberies.

“This is another perfect example of the coordinated effort that goes in to a serious crime. Every available resource turns their focus on to solving the crime and apprehending the person or persons responsible. My people and I try to send a clear message that people who intentionally commit a serious crime in Hernando County will be held accountable,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

Goff is charged with two counts of Robbery and is held on a $20,000 bond. Davis is charged with Principle to Robbery and held on a $10,000 bond; however, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office’ Detention Center website, it appears that both suspects are now being held without bond.

The investigation continues…

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  • Great job HCSO!!!

    Friday, 22 September 2017, 1:44 pm
  • That poor bastard with no shirt probably has one hell of a burn
    on his entire chest and stomach! You know that concrete has to
    be very HOT! [email protected] 🙂

    I certainly don’t see a black man in any of those pictures. None
    connected to the robberies on sheriff’s site either. Someone
    must be color blind. lol

    Thursday, 21 September 2017, 8:28 pm
    • Tom, do you know if they are searching for someone in the Spring Hill area tonight? I’ve been hearing helicopter circling around in the area of Delta Woods Park or some other area nearby. I’m home alone tonight so I’m afraid to even open my door to let dog out.

      Thursday, 21 September 2017, 8:49 pm
  • Another great job by combined resources in Hernando County has nabbed our bank robbers, or at least that is what they admitted to. I am thrilled that neither one will be let out without bond which is a good thing, after all they are from Alabama and are a flight risk.

    Thursday, 21 September 2017, 4:36 pm
  • Great Job HCSO!

    Thursday, 21 September 2017, 2:25 pm
  • Both 1 fry short of a Happy Meal! geez!

    Thursday, 21 September 2017, 1:59 pm
    • Then they must have gotten it @ the McDonald’s on Springhill dr. They suck & forget EVERYTHING!!!

      Thursday, 21 September 2017, 5:32 pm
      • Mickey Gee’s. In all fairness, there are 2 McDonald’s on Spring Hill Dr. Which one are you referring too? Oh Wait! They both suck! Never mind! LOL

        Friday, 22 September 2017, 1:01 pm

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