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Melbourne man sentenced for bank robberies in Collier County

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2020-11-17 15:29:37-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — UPDATE 11/17/2020

Richard Paul Cote, 53, of Melbourne was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for committing two bank robberies in Collier County. The court also ordered him to pay $5,134 in restitution to the victim banks.

In Feb., Cote plead guilty to robbing two Naples banks on June 11, 2019, the Bank of America, located at 12965 Collier Blvd., and one week later, Lake Michigan Credit Union, at 8635 Collier Blvd., according to court documents.

During each robbery, Cote handed the tellers notes demanding money and they complied. He left a small folio on the Lake Michigan Credit Union teller counter, which ultimately led to his identification and arrest by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

This case was investigated by the FBI and CCSO, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey F. Michelland.


Police have arrested a man in connection to several bank robberies in Southwest Florida.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Richard Paul Cote, 51.

Cote is accused of robbing Lake Michigan Credit Union in Collier County on Tuesday, June 18th.

We are thankful that our deputies were able to bring this to a quick resolution with these felony charges and with nobody being injured
Sheriff Rambosk

Detectives were able to develop information that led them to a suspect and vehicle description.

The vehicle was located at the Super 8 Motel at 3880 Tollgate Boulevard.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.