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Law enforcement arrested a Gainesville woman charged with robbery of the TD Bank at 7515 W. University Ave. on Tuesday morning.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Sacoya Everts, 47, walked into the bank at around 8:50 a.m. After pausing to cover her hands with socks, Everts handed a teller a handwritten note stating, “This is a robbery.”

The teller provided her with a stack of money as well as a GPS tracking device, following TD Bank protocol. Everts took the money and placed it in the front of her clothes, according to the ASO’s arrest report.

The bank manager, who witnessed the transaction, and the bank teller both activated the silent alarms as Everts walked out the door, the report said. The manager then secured the doors to the bank and saw Everts walk east on West University Avenue until she was out of sight.


“Everts walked away from the bank into a multiagency, coordinated law enforcement response,” according to the ASO’s press release.

The GPS tracker was activated as soon as the money was picked up by Everts, allowing a nearby Gainesville Police Department officer to track her on his laptop in real time. ASO units in the area found Everts walking around Harbor Cove Apartments and stopped her.

Law enforcement was able to locate Everts in less than 10 minutes after the alarm was activated, according to the press release. When she was detained, Everts had money hidden in her pants. The clothes worn during the robbery were recovered nearby.

During an interview with ASO detectives and a special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Everts told authorities about committing the robbery and hiding the clothes, according to the arrest report.

Everts was transported to the Alachua County Jail, according to the press release. Her bond is set to $75,000.


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