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FBI arrest 2 men in connection to robberies at 4 South Florida banks

Robberies took place Tuesday in Miami, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise and Coral Springs

Photos released by the FBI show a bank robber brandishing a gun while demanding money from a Chase Bank employee at a Miami branch.
Photos released by the FBI show a bank robber brandishing a gun while demanding money from a Chase Bank employee at a Miami branch. (WPLG)

MIAMI – The FBI arrested two men in connection to bank robberies at four separate branches, one in Miami-Dade County and three in Broward County, on Tuesday.

German Flaca, 26, and Christopher Lima, 29, were arrested in Coral Springs late Tuesday afternoon.

The first robbery took place at approximately 2:15 p.m. at the Chase Bank branch located at 12945 southwest 112th Street in Miami.

According to authorities, the robber entered the bank and brandished a weapon while demanding money from an employee.

About 75 minutes later, the FBI believes the same person robbed the Citi Bank branch located at 18395 Pines Blvd in Pembroke Pines.

This robbery was very similar to the first, in which the robber brandished a firearm and demanded money from an employee.

The FBI believes the same person may have robbed two South Florida banks just over an hour apart.
The FBI believes the same person may have robbed two South Florida banks just over an hour apart. (WPLG)

Two more robberies, roughly an hour apart, at Chase Bank branches in Sunrise and Coral Springs were also reported.

No injuries were reported as a result of any of the robberies.

Flaca and Lima were arrested after a traffic stop in Coral Springs. Both are in federal custody, behind bars in the Broward County Jail.

Both are expected in a Miami courtroom on Wednesday.

Authorities are not releasing the amount of money successfully taken, or even confirming if the robber got away with anything at all.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the FBI at 754-703-2000, Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS, or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


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