Man arrested for attempting to rob 2 banks in Largo

Pinellas County

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – A man who attempted to rob two Largo banks was arrested Wednesday.

According to Largo police, around 8:20 a.m. Ronald Massey, 36, attempted to enter the closed Bank of America on Indian Rocks Road.

Massey was wearing a mask on his face when he tried to open the locked front door.

Employees inside the bank could see him outside.

As employees of the bank called police, the suspect road away on a bicycle.

At 9:06 a.m., the BB&T bank on Walsingham Road, a quarter mile south of the Bank of America, called police to report a robbery.

The suspect description was the same, expect Massey was armed with a knife when he entered the lobby.

The tellers were behind safety glass and left the area to call police, leaving Massey empty handed.
He again pedaled away.

Massey then went back to the first bank.

Largo Officer Jason Misner was still inside investigating the first incident, when Massey, masked and carrying the knife, entered the bank.

The officer took Massey into custody without incident.

It was discovered that Massey had been released from prison on Jan. 10 on prior convictions for robbing two other Largo banks.

He is charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and violation of probation for armed robbery.

Police said Massey is not the same suspect who robbed both the Largo and Clearwater Wells Fargo banks. 

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