Three central Florida banks targeted by robbers during 2-day period


CENTRAL FLORIDA - A bank across the street from the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando was nearly the scene of a robbery Friday morning.

Police said a man walked into the Bank of America on the corner of John Young Parkway and Colonial Driver and demanded cash.

According to police, the man fled without getting any money.

Two other banks have been robbed in central Florida in the past two days, which concerned some bank customers.

"It is frightening. It is getting bad," said bank customer Walter Settles.

"Times are tough and a lot of people are doing crazy things," said bank customer Bob Jewell.

On Thursday Orange County deputies said they arrested Edwin Lockheart when he tried to rob a bank.

Investigators said Lockheart walked into a SunTrust Bank on South Orange Blossom Trail and demanded cash from a teller. A deputy and three other people wrestled Lockheart to the ground.

On Thursday evening Seminole County sheriff's investigators released a surveillance photo of a man they went into a Longwood bank and gave a teller a note demanding cash.

"It's a pretty sad economic statement that people are out there robbing banks," said bank customer Daniel Chetwynde.

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