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West Palm Beach bank robbery suspect identified using social media, police say

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 16:52:56-04

West Palm Beach Police have arrested a man they say robbed two Wells Fargo Banks in June and July.

Stephen Sheppard was identified as the man who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 2701 Okeechobee Blvd on June 5, according to the police report. Police said they were able to match Sheppard to surveillance video after a tip led police to his Facebook profile.

The Wells Fargo bank teller told police a man approached him and demanded “10 G's out the drawer.” The teller said he pressed the silent, panic alarm and answered a telephone behind him.

Sheppard left the bank without any money, the report states.

Officers say Sheppard tried robbing the Wells Fargo at 4441 Beacon circle on July 18. Sheppard admitted to police in a report that he passed a note to the teller that said, “all 100’s, no tricks.”

The teller gave Sheppard $571 and Sheppard fled the bank, the report states.

Police say they found Sheppard sleeping in his car on July 19 after responding to a call for a suspicious vehicle.

Sheppard was arrested by police and is charged with robbery. He has a warrant out of Jacksonville for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to court records.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.