Barefoot Bay Man Robs Seacoast Bank in Vero Beach

Barefoot Bay man robs Seacoast Bank in Vero Beach, Florida.
Barefoot Bay man robs Seacoast Bank in Vero Beach, Florida.

BAREFOOT BAY – Deputies say on Friday at approximately 1:30 pm, a man from Barefoot Bay wore a mask and demanded money from a teller at a Seacoast Bank in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher O’Buckley, 39, walked into the Seacoast Bank, located at 1206 U.S. Highway 1 in Vero Beach, and approached the teller inside the branch wearing a mask. The teller and another employee pressed the alarm during the robbery encounter.

When O’Buckley demanded all the money from the teller’s drawer, the teller asked, “are you kidding me” at which time O’Buckley replied “No” and again demanded the money.

O’Buckley received $1,232.00 and then asked the teller, “is that it” at which time the teller showed him an empty drawer. O’Buckley then ran out of the bank and was observed by bank employees walking towards other businesses.

Two witnesses told deputies that they observed O’Buckley walking up to the bank while putting on a wig and mask to cover his face. Moments later, the witnesses saw O’Buckley run around the back of the building and towards another parking lot.

O’Buckley was eventually found hiding behind the TD Bank in Vero Beach. While being detained, O’Buckley was still wearing the wig he used in the Seacoast robbery.

O’Buckley was charged with Felony Grand Theft Auto and Felony Robbery While Wearing Mask. He is still being held at the Indian River County Jail without bond.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.