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Date of Issue: February 25, 2009

Couple charged with bank robberies

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Michele L. Blalock, 38

A Cortez woman has been arrested on charges of robbing three banks and is a suspect in a fourth bank robbery. Her husband also has been arrested in connection with the crimes.

Michele L. Blalock, 38, of the 11000 block of 45th Avenue W.,  was arrested Feb. 18 in connection with three bank robberies in Manatee County and is suspected to have been involved in a Sarasota County bank robbery, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Dave Bristow.

Her husband, Alex Blalock, 40, has been charged with principal to robbery with a firearm in a robbery at a bank in Sarasota. He was also charged on an unrelated warrant for DUI and leaving the scene of a crash.

Michelle Blalock has admitted to committing the three robberies in Manatee County.

A witness in one of the robberies recognized her and called law enforcement officers, Bristow said.

The Blalocks were arrested after responding to detectives’ request to collect some money from overpaying a vehicle towing bill. 

Michele Blalock told investigators she had already spent the money from the robberies to support a prescription drug addiction she developed after a car crash, and to meet the needs of her family, according to police reports.

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies.