Bungling Bank Robbers ...
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Two accused bank robbers bungled their escape. Deputies said the two robbed the AmSouth bank at the corner of Lake Underhill Road and Goldenrod in Orange County on Friday morning.
The robbers parked their getaway car a block away, but instead of fleeing the area, they drove back, right past the bank where deputies were waiting.
"It was quick and easy. From the time we came in, to the time we had both black males in custody, was five minutes," said Sgt. Carl Santiago, Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Police arrived moments after getting a call that a suspicious vehicle circling the bank parking lot. They described it as a green PT Cruiser.
A deputy arrived just in time to see one suspect sprinting away from the bank and up the road, where he got into the waiting getaway car. The two suspects got less than a block before deputies hemmed them in. Police recovered drug paraphernalia from one of the men.
Eyewitness News had to blur the suspect’s faces because detectives want to bring in witnesses to another bank robbery last week to see if they are the same men. Last Friday, robbers hit a Wachovia branch just a mile away.
Inside the AmSouth bank, the suspect netted a bag of cash after he passed a note saying he had a hand grenade. The young teller has worked at the branch for just five months, but her manager said she did the right thing by putting a dye pack inside the money bag.
"We followed procedures. We're trained for this kind of situation," bank manager Erica Sanchez.
The dye pack burst and at least one $20 bill spilled on the ground. Detectives looked for the rest with the help of a hound dog.
The two men arrested were identified as 23-year-old Eli Chadwick Hunter and 20-year-old Michael Moomar.