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Police respond to 2 bank robberies within 2 hours in Jacksonville

Man tried to rob the BBVA Bank; few hours later, Vystar was robbed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a young, short man wearing a black hoodie and oversized glasses tried to rob the BBVA Compass Bank on Monument Road just before 11 a.m. Saturday and it's possible the same man robbed the VyStar Credit Union a few hours later.

In the first case, robbery detectives said, a man handed a teller a note at the BBVA Compass Bank demanding money, then ran off without getting any cash.

Investigators said there was no indication that the robber had a gun or a weapon of any kind.

A few hours later, JSO said the VyStar Credit Union on the corner of Main and Seventh Street was robbed in the same manner, but in that case, the robber got away with cash.

The suspect in the VyStar robbery matches the description of the young man in the attempted robbery of BBVA Bank.

JSO said a connection between these two incidents is a possibility, but not confirmed.

"Sort of surprised, but I know it's happened before, but not really surprised," VyStar customer Larry Douglas said.

"It's happened at this bank before?" News4Jax's Maggie Lorenz asked Douglas.

"Yes," Douglas said.

"Does that make you nervous to do your normal business here?" Lorenz asked Douglas.

"Not really. Yeah, not really," Douglas said.

One woman who didn't want to be identified also said she's not too worried.

"Situations like this occur, but I know the community is slowly cleaning up," she said.

Police have not released a description of any getaway car. No arrests have been made.

This makes the ninth bank robbery in Jacksonville this year.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).


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Maggie Lorenz

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