Leesburg man accused of robbing 2 banks in Seminole County on the same day

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A Leesburg man was arrested in Seminole County Wednesday, accused of robbing two banks in less than two hours.


According to the sheriff’s office, the first robbery occurred around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Seacoast Bank on State Road 434 in Longwood.

Deputies say the suspect passed a note to the bank teller demanding money. The suspect’s note implied he had a weapon, but he was ultimately unsuccessful and ran away from the scene empty-handed.

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Just over an hour later, deputies say the same suspect entered the Bank of America on State Road 46 near Sanford and again demanded money from a teller. This time, he was able to escape with an undisclosed amount of cash and was seen leaving the area in a gray Ford Escape.

Investigators were able to identify 35-year-old Duwane Gilmore as the suspect in both robberies and secured a warrant for his arrest.

Deputies say they tracked Gilmore to a hotel in Lake County where they also found a Ford Escape matching the description of the getaway vehicle in the Bank of America Robbery.

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According to the sheriff’s office, Gilmore was arrested “without any issues” on charges of robbery without a firearm, attempted robbery without a firearm, and grand theft.

He’s being held in the Seminole County jail on no bond.

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