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Bank robbery suspect busted despite shaving to try to alter appearance

Robert Souza had clumps of hair on his face and smelled of aftershave when police found him in a taxi.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM   |   Comments

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BONITA SPRINGS , Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- Talk about a not-so-close shave...

A Florida man, who is suspected of robbing a Bonita Beach bank, was arrested despite trying to shave in an effort to change his appearance.

Robert Souza allegedly shaved at some point after he robbed a BB&T Bank, but he was arrested after police noticed large patches of unshaven hair on his face and the scent of aftershave when they found him in his getaway taxi.

He was in the cab for about two minutes before it was pulled over.

"That was make my heart jumping," the cab driver told Fox 4. "Believe me, he was calm inside the car even when the police surround him, I [didn't see him move]."

The 36-year-old, who was described as a "bearded man wearing a long-sleeved dark shirt and dark pants" during the robbery, also changed his clothes.

When police found Souza in the cab, they discovered a recently-shaven man wearing shorts who had scattered "various large denominations of money" around the taxi, News-Press.com reported.

Souza was arrested and taken to Lee County jail on robbery charges.

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