Florida Man Wearing MAGA Shirt Robs Bank Handing 'Hope to Get Caught' Note to Teller, Gets Arrested

A Florida man wearing a "Make America Great Again" shirt was arrested after he handed a note to a bank teller that said "hope to get caught" during a robbery.

Sandy Hawkins, 73, was charged with robbery without a weapon on Tuesday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. A probable cause affidavit said Hawkins had entered a branch of Wells Fargo on Sandalfoot Place Drive in Boca Raton, Florida, at around 11.30 a.m. on Monday, WPLG reported.

Hawkins approached a teller and asked for $1,100, according to The Palm Beach Post. But when the man requested his debit card, Hawkins told him: "This is a robbery. I have a weapon."

The affidavit said Hawkins—dressed in a T-shit bearing the words "Trump" and "Make America Great Again"—had put his hand on his waistband to suggest that he had a firearm there. The affidavit said Hawkins also handed over a note to the teller that said: "Give me $1,100. Now, No Alarms, Hope to get caught."

The affidavit said that when the teller counted out $2,000, Hawkins told him that "it was too much," WPLG reported. He again asked for $1,100 and took the money when the teller gave it to him in $100 bills and walked out.

Sheriff's deputies obtained surveillance footage from inside the bank and nearby businesses, The Post reported. Hawkins was identified by the manager at a nearby sports bar as well as the manager's father, who provided deputies with Hawkins' address.

Deputies arrived at his home and found him sitting outside on an electrical box, WPLG reported. Detectives said Hawkins pulled out a bank deposit slip that had the handwritten message for the teller on it. "I will make this easy," he told investigators.

The Post reported that Hawkins spent years working in the air conditioning industry. His former landlord Scott Vail told the newspaper that Hawkins changed after his wife Linda died of cancer in 2013.

"I knew it was pretty devastating. He was an affable kind of person," Vail told The Post. "He probably reached some kind of breaking point."

Hawkins, of Boca Raton, is being held at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on a $50,000 bond, online records show. According to The Post, assistant public defender Paul Caruso said at a hearing on Wednesday that Hawkins was retired and had no criminal history.

In a statement to Newsweek, a Wells Fargo spokesperson said: "Wells Fargo's top concern is the safety and well-being of our customers and team members, and we are thankful no one was harmed during the robbery at the Boca Raton branch.

"We are in frequent contact with law enforcement and have security standards and procedures in place. We cannot discuss specific security procedures, as doing so reduces their effectiveness. Law enforcement is investigating the incident, and they can provide additional information as the investigation progresses."

Newsweek has contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Update: This article has been updated to include a statement from Wells Fargo.

Sandy Hawkins
Sandy Hawkins, 73, has been charged with robbery without a weapon after authorities say he entered a Wells Fargo in Boca Raton, Florida, and demanded $1,100. Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
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