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Man in custody after Palatka bank robbery, police say

Bank teller places GPS tracker in bag given to bank robber, cops say

Keith Zelanzney booking photo
Keith Zelanzney booking photo (Mugshots.com)

PALATKA, Fla. – A man was taken into custody after a robbery Saturday at a TD Bank, Palatka police said.

Officers went to the TD Bank at 101 Highway 19 North around 1:30 p.m. regarding a report of a robbery.

Police said while officers were en route, information was relayed that the robber had fled the business in a silver Mercedes Benz.

A bank teller was able to place a GPS tracker in the bag the robber was given, police said.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office's Communications Division received updates of the robber's location through a security company. Police said communications officers were able to relay this information to Palatka police officers.

It was determined the robber had stopped in the 400 block of North Fourth Street, police said. When officers got to the area, they saw the silver Mercedes Benz back into a driveway.

Authorities established a perimeter around the residence. Police said a female left the residence and told officers there was a man inside.

A short time later, a man wearing clothing that matched the description provided by witnesses came out of the residence, police said. The suspect, identified by police as Keith Zelazney, 34, of Stuart, was in police custody Saturday.

Police said the investigation is still active.