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Seminole Beacon
Bank robbery suspects in Pinellas County Jail
Fingerprint leads to arrest for robbery of Seminole Wells Fargo Bank
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A surveillance photo from the Jan. 9 robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Seminole.
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Nathan Blisard
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Meaghan Zimmer
SEMINOLE – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday afternoon that two suspects wanted in connection with a string of recent bank robberies are now in custody at the Pinellas County Jail.

Deputies apprehended Nathan Blisard, 29, and his girlfriend Meaghan Zimmer, 23, both of Largo about 1 p.m. Jan. 11.

Blisard is accused of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank, 13099 Park Blvd. in Seminole on Jan. 9. Largo police detectives also are questioning him in connection with the Jan. 3 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 801 West Bay Drive and an attempted robbery Jan. 9 of the Wells Fargo Bank at 2515 West Bay Drive.

Forensics specialists found Blisard’s fingerprint while processing the scene at the Wells Fargo in Seminole. Sheriff’s detectives then found out that Blisard and Zimmer were in the Seminole area.

Blisard was reportedly driving the car used in the robberies when deputies with the Strategic Enforcement Section stopped him near the intersection of Starkey Road and 76th Avenue North in Seminole. Deputies found Zimmer at a nearby residence. Detectives say she admitted to driving the getaway car during one of the robberies.

Largo police circulated surveillance photos and posted photos on the department’s Facebook page from the Jan. 3 robbery. The photos showed the suspect passing a teller a note that demanded cash and another of him pocketing the money in an inside pocket of his black suit jacket. The transaction took less than a minute, according to the time stamp on surveillance video. Largo detectives also posted photos from the Jan. 9 robbery attempt.

PCSO also posted photos of Blisard taken during the Seminole robbery on the department’s website. According to the sheriff’s report, Blisard handed the teller a note demanding the cash with instructions not to set off any alarms. He implied he had a gun. However, no weapon was seen.

Blisard was charged with one count of strong-arm robbery and one count of robbery. Bond was set at $170,000. Zimmer was charged with one count of principal to strong-arm robbery, one count of robbery and possession of methadone, a violation of her probation. Her bond was $10,000 for each robbery. No bond was set for the possession charge.

According to jail records, Zimmer was charged with possession of methadone on Jan. 27, 2011 and again on Oct. 18, 2012.

Blisard has seven prior arrests, dating back to April 10, 2007, when he was charged with possession of cocaine, battery, driving on a suspended or revoked license, strong-arm robbery and extortion. Arrests that are more recent stem from driving with a suspended or revoked license.
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