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Largo Police Catch Suspect When He Returns to Scene

Ronald Massey | Largo Police | Arrests

He tried to get into a closed bank and left. He returned later to try again, Largo police said.

LARGO – Police arrested a Largo man Wednesday (Jan. 16) who twice tried to rob the same bank, according to the Largo Police Department.

Ronald Massey, 36, of Largo, was charged with one count each of Armed Robbery, Attempted Armed Robbery, and Violation of Probation for Armed Robbery. Police said Massey had been released from prison Jan. 10 on prior convictions for robbing two other Largo banks. Officer said he is not the same person who robbed both the Largo and Clearwater Wells Fargo banks.

Police said that, at about 8:20 a.m., Massey tried to enter the closed Bank of America at 12046 Indian Rocks Road, which opens at 9 a.m. He was wearing a mask on his face when he tried to open the locked front door. Employees inside the bank witnessed him outside. As bank employees called Largo police, Massey rode away on a bicycle.

At 9:06 am, the BB&T bank at 14141 Walsingham Road, a quarter mile south of the BoA, called Largo police to report a bank robbery. The suspect description was the same, except Massey was armed with a knife when he entered the lobby. The tellers were behind safety glass and vacated their area to call the police, leaving Massey empty-handed. He again pedaled away.

Officers said Massey then returned to the first bank.

Largo police Officer Jason Misner was still on-scene inside the BoA investigating the original suspicious incident, when Massey, masked and carrying the knife, entered the BoA to try to rob the bank. Misner confronted him and took him into custody without incident.

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Largo Police Catch Suspect When He Returns to Scene
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He tried to get into a closed bank and left. He returned later to try again, Largo police said.
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