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VIDEO: Bomb threat at Daytona Beach bank; third in the city in the last 3 days

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Updated: 4/22/2013 4:13 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —A bomb threat was called in at Fifth-Third Bank in Daytona Beach Monday, authorities said.

WFTV found out it was the third threat in three days for Daytona Beach.

The first threat was made on Saturday to a Publix on S. Atlantic Avenue.

Then, a manager at a different Publix called police saying she was told to evacuate the store and wire money to London.

When police arrived, they said the suspect called again, but officers didn't find any bombs.

In this incident, about 100 people were evacuated from the building just after 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Officials said the threat was made to the Fifth-Third Bank on the ground floor.

However, law firms and other businesses, including WFTV’s Daytona Bureau have offices in the building.

The FBI showed up at the bank first, and then Daytona Beach police arrived, along with the sheriff's office bomb squad.

Police said the call came from a man who spoke English very well, but he may have handed to the phone to another man with a strong accent.

The man demanded $1,000 for an overseas account, and said if an employee did not come outside with the money in a bag, they would blow up a bomb inside.

WFTV spoke to workers who were inside at the time, and they say this was certainly an inconvenience, but this is something that has to be taken seriously.

"It's always an inconvenience to be disrupted from work, but I guess safety first. So, it's an inconvenience but something I don't mind for security reasons, I understand,” said attorney Mike Rodriguez.
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