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Two arrested in Sanford bank robbery

Posted May 2, 2013

— Two men accused of robbing a Sanford bank Thursday were arrested within hours of the alleged crime, police said.

Sanford officers said they were called to a PNC Bank on Carthage Street about 9:10 a.m. Thursday and spoke to employees who said a man had approached a teller and demanded money.

About 11:40 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle and arrested the driver and passenger. Cliff Hansford, 55, of 925 Marks Road, Cameron, and Michael Smith, 59, of 1111 Crest Street, Sanford, were each charged with common law robbery, felony conspiracy to commit common law robbery and felony possession of stolen goods.

Hansford was held in the Lee County jail under a $500,000 secured bond. Smith was held in the Lee County jail under a $250,000 secured bond.


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  • Just another bad guy May 3, 2013

    Cost to bank: approx. $500
    Cost to taxpayers: $28,000/yr/criminal

  • Life-goes-on. May 3, 2013

    These guys are 55 and 59 years old and still stupid enough to think they can get away with bank robbery? Gotta say it's beyond me..

  • Mollers May 3, 2013

    Does anyone actually think they can pull off bank robberies anymore ? Are they looking for 3 hots and a cot ?

  • Tax Man May 2, 2013

    Great police work! Sounds like you caught them with the goods as well.