• Police believe same thief targeting customers at downtown Orlando Bank of America ATM


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Police are investigating and believe a man is targeting customers at a Bank of America ATM in downtown Orlando.

    The first incident happened in early July at the ATM on North Orange Avenue where a man attempted to deposit cash into the ATM.

    The ATM is blocked by the Bank of America building, so those traveling on Orange Avenue wouldn't see anything happening in the parking lot, according to Channel 9's Karla Ray.

    The thief approached the man and forced the victim to give up cash.  The victim dropped his cash and iPhone, which the thief stole.

    The second robbery happened in the early afternoon hours of Aug. 16 when the thief approached a 23-year-old woman in the parking lot of the bank and demanded she give him cash. 

    When the woman did not comply, the thief pulled her out of her car and drove away, nearly running over the victim's passenger who was barely able to get out of the car before the thief sped off.

    The man stole the victim's two-door, cream or beige 2007 Volkswagen Beetle with a sunroof.  The Volkswagen's tag number is R57-4EQ.

    Pine Hills resident Aisha Magee called authorities after spotting a vehicle that matched the same description.  

    "I kept looking at the video and everything, going, 'That's the car.' I couldn't believe it," she said.

    Magee said when she gave 911 the plate number for the car they told her not to touch it.

    "Then when I called the cops and they came over here they said it was a stolen car. I couldn't believe it," said Magee.

    Authorities have not said what was found in the vehicle or whether they have been able to identify a suspect.

    A third robbery happened just days later on Aug. 24, at about 5 p.m.  Authorities said the thief demanded cash from a woman and also stole her white, four-door Subaru Impreza with tag number CZE-U86.

    Each incident was caught on surveillance and in each case the man implied he had a firearm.

    The man is described as a stocky black male who is nearly 6 feet tall and between the ages of 30 and 45.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and receive a cash reward.

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