Florida Man Robs His Own Bank, But Employees Recognize Him

Florida man Dwayne Carlton McDonald, 48, of Pensacola is sitting in the Escambia County jail after he robbed the Hancock Whitney Bank on Creighton Road in Pensacola.

Detectives said that McDonald entered the bank wearing a black ski mask, sunglasses, and a red windbreaker. He walked up to the teller and said ”This is urgent,” placed a gun on the counter, and demanded cash, according to the arrest report. McDonald placed the money into a white plastic garbage bag with a red drawstring. He then walked out to the parking lot, got into a maroon van parked there, and fled the area.

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A well-executed robbery wouldn’t you say? Just a couple of minor problems here. The teller and other witnesses in the bank recognized the robber even with his mask and sunglasses. The witnesses stated that McDonald is a regular customer of the bank, and they recognized his “northern accent” as well as his maroon Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The finale to this buffoonery was the fact that McDonald was in the bank earlier that same day and had on the same shirt, pants, and shoes. Deputies compared footage from the robbery to footage from McDonald’s earlier visit and had a match.

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Escambia County Deputies obtained McDonald’s information and went to his residence. He was seen leaving so they conducted a traffic stop. Inside the van was a white plastic trash bag with a red drawstring, and McDonald was wearing the same shoes he had on during the robbery.

In a post Miranda interview, McDonald gave deputies information that led them to a dumpster behind a liquor store on Pine Forest Road. Inside the dumpster was another white trash bag with red drawstring which contained the red windbreaker, black mask, t-shirt, and black pants McDonald was seen wearing on the bank surveillance video. McDonald also told investigators the location of the gun and stolen cash.

McDonald was charged with first degree felony robbery with a firearm and use of a firearm during a felony. He was transported to the Escambia County jail where he is currently being held on $75,000 bond. His next court date has been set for November 10th


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