'Shaky Bandit,' arrested after crash on Alligator Alley, turns out to be Weston man

Brandon Venditti expected be in federal court Wednesday

By Paradise Afshar - Digital Editor
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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The FBI has captured the "Shaky Bandit" responsible for a series of robberies in South Florida.

Brandon Venditti, 22, of Weston, was arrested Tuesday after a car crash along Alligator Alley. 

Venditti was arrested after a bank robbery that took place about 5 p.m. in Collier County. He faces federal bank robbery charges.

After the robbery, Collier County deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and FBI agents located a car that was identified as a possible getaway vehicle used in the robbery and a chase ensued, the FBI said.

Venditti eventually crashed the vehicle around mile marker 91 and surrendered, the FBI said. He was not hurt in the incident, and no shots were fired.

Another person in the car was also arrested and placed into state custody, the FBI said.

Venditti is suspected of robbing at least nine banks in South Florida. He is scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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