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Serial bank robber arrested in Daytona Beach

FDLE says Gene Alfonso caught breaking into Fifth Third Bank

Gene Schuler.
Gene Schuler.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A serial bank robber recently released from federal prison was arrested early Friday in Daytona Beach on suspicion of breaking into a bank.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said agents arrested Gene Alfonso Schuler, 49, around 3 a.m. while he was burglarizing the Fifth Third Bank at 1179 Beville Road in Daytona Beach. 

The FDLE said Schuler entered the bank after breaking a window and circumventing the security system to avoid detection, all while under surveillance of agents, who had been investigating him for the past several months.

The FDLE said it believes Schuler may be involved in as many as two dozen bank burglaries throughout Florida since his release from prison in June.  Schuler was serving time for previous bank burglaries.

Schuler was taken to the Volusia County Jail. 

An investigation is ongoing.

Gene Schuler.
Gene Schuler.

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