Sunday, May 21, 2000

Springfield Twp. bank robbery is 3rd in 2 days

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The third Cincinnati-area bank in two days was robbed Saturdaywhen three people took an undetermined amount of money from Northside Bank and Trust in Springfield Township.

        At 9:36 a.m., three robbers entered the bank on North Bend Road wearing ski masks and displaying firearms. No one was hurt. The robbers were last seen running east through the rear lot of the bank, said Springfield Township Police Lt. J. McDaniel.

        Robber No. 1 is described as 6 feet tall, 18-20 years old, wearing a black windbreaker, gloves and tennis shoes; robber No. 2 is 6 feet 4, wearing a light blue bean ie cap, brown boots and dark clothing; and robber No. 3 was wearing a dark blue jacket with a hood.

        On Friday, a masked man walked into the Glenway Avenue branch of Provident Bank in Price Hill about 2:30 p.m. carrying a plastic grocery bag and handed a note to the teller demanding money. Police said the man, described as white with a dark complexion, about 5 feet 7, and 130 pounds, got away with $3,600.

        Four hours earlier, police said, the serial bank robber dubbed “Average Joe” because of his unassuming appearance, hit a KeyBank branch on Eastgate Boulevard in Union Township, Clermont County. The man is suspected in 15 to 20 bank robberies since February 1998 from Louisville to south of Dayton, Ohio.

        Through Saturday, local banks had been hit at least 27 times this year — compared with 28 robberies in all of 1999.

        Sgt. Tom Lanter of the Cincinnati Police Division's Homicide Unit said it is difficult to establish a pattern because the recent bank robberies have been spread out. He said bank robberies are a matter of opportunity and unpredictable behavior.

        The public can help police by being aware of their surroundings when they enter and leave a bank. Sgt. Lanter cautioned them to look for suspicious behavior such as a running car parked outside for a lengthy period, or of overly dressed customers on a warm day.


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