Florida Robber Turns Himself in After Hitting 3 Banks in a 3-Hour Span

A South Florida man surrendered himself to authorities yesterday after he robbed two banks and attempted to rob a third, all within a three-hour span the day before.

Sandy Lamar Graham Jr., 40, of Hollywood, Florida, reportedly turned himself in to authorities on Saturday after hitting three banks in South Florida on Friday. "Investigators believe the robberies were committed by the same suspect," Special Agent Michael Leverock and spokesman Jim Marshall of the FBI in Miami said, according to Patch.com.

The first robbery occurred around 2:36 p.m. local time at a Chase Bank on Hollywood Blvd. The suspect "implied he had a weapon and demanded money from an employee," Leverock and Marshall revealed. "There were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery. There were no shots fired or injuries."

Less than an hour later, at roughly 3:11 p.m., a suspect, who investigators believe also committed the first robbery, walked into a Bank of America branch in Hollywood and asked an employee for money while threatening them with the implication of a weapon. "There were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery. There were no shots fired or injuries," Leverock and Marshall said of the second robbery.

The third robbery took place at around 5:30 p.m. at a SunTrust location in Plantation, a city in Broward County, Florida. No one was injured during the incident, authorities say. It is unclear whether the suspect, later identified as Graham, had successfully robbed the third bank.

Authorities have not released information on how much money was stolen during the three bank robberies. "The amount of money taken... at the banks will not be released at this time," Leverock and Marshall said.

Security footage from the second robbery obtained by police shows a man, reportedly Graham, standing in front of a bank teller while wearing a white shirt. In a photo of the footage, shared by the Sun-Sentinel, the suspect does not appear to be carrying a visible weapon or wearing a disguise. According to the newspaper, Graham turned himself in to police after FBI investigators released several images from the surveillance recordings.

Graham will make his first court appearance before a federal judge on Monday.

Hollywood, a city on Florida's east coast, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, has a crime rate—34 per one thousand residents— that's considerably higher than the national average across all communities in the U.S., according to Neighborhood Scout. Around 74 percent of communities in Florida have a lower crime rate than Hollywood, whose roughly 154,000 residents have a one in 30 chance of becoming a victim of either a violent or property crime in the area.

Sandy Lamar Graham Jr.
Sandy Lamar Graham Jr., 40, turned himself in to police on Saturday after he robbed, attempted to rob three banks in three hours the day before. CBS Miami/Screenshot
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