The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday that the serial bank robber responsible for several bank robberies in surrounding counties, including Citrus, is behind bars in Hernando County with several arrest warrants stacked against him.
On Sept. 6 John Goff, 46, of Eufala Ala., walked into the BB&T Bank in Crystal River, demanded money and fled the scene on foot.
Goff unintentionally dropped his cell phone as he was running away which the CCSO recovered during its investigation. Detectives obtained a search warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said, and a digital examination was performed on the phone — which identified Goff as the robber.
This allowed deputies to focus on him as the primary suspect in the robbery. An investigation into where Goff and his associates were living was immediately implemented, the CCSO said, at Citrus County detectives were sent to Abbeville, Ala., for further investigation.
On Sept. 20, at approximately 2 p.m., Hernando County deputies were investigating a similar bank robbery that had occurred at the BB&T Bank located in Spring Hill. The suspect and getaway vehicle description matched that of Goff.
Hernando County deputies were able to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description of the getaway vehicle. Deputies located Goff in the back seat, as well a Dallas Cowboys baseball cap and a tan satchel (consistent with the bag carried by the suspect in the robbery, as described by bank employees).
CCSO detectives immediately left Alabama and headed to Hernando County to interview Goff. Goff confessed to not only both bank robberies in Hernando County, but several other bank robberies in Florida, including the BB&T Bank in Crystal River. During the interview, Goff said that he didn’t even want to rob a bank in Citrus because in prison he heard that Citrus deputies have a reputation of having a very quick response time, but that he decided to try and get away with it, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Currently, Goff is in the Hernando County jail charged with two counts of robbery. In Citrus County, Goff has two warrants for grand theft and robbery, with no bond. Other charges are forthcoming.
Because of the extensive nature of this case, this investigation is now being given to the FBI for further review.
“From day one, Detective Vick, who was the lead on this case, worked every single angle and conducted several interviews to make sure that Goff would be held responsible, “ said Sgt. Steve Conley, Criminal Investigations Division. “I’m very proud of his hard work on this case.
“This was a tremendous team effort not only within our agency but across several jurisdictions including Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Panama City PD, FBI, USMS, and the State and US Attorney’s Office. The information sharing and overall teamwork is what ultimately got this serial bank robber off the streets.”