Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Robber hits bank near Covington police station

By Reid Forgrave
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A man robbed a Bank of Kentucky branch Tuesday at the intersection of 19th Street and Madison Avenue — less than a block from the Covington Police Station.

        It was the 42nd bank robbery in Greater Cincinnati this year, the second in Northern Kentucky and the first in Kenton County. That compares with 28 total bank robberies in Greater Cincinnati last year.

        The suspect threatened the teller with a note saying he had a weapon, took the money and was last spotted running north on Madison Avenue away from the police station.

        He remained at large Tuesday night, and the case is under investigation.

        “It wouldn't have been my first choice of banks to rob,” said Bill Dorsey, assistant chief for the Covington Police Depart ment, who was within 150 feet of the bank one minute after the call came in. “I don't know what he was thinking.”

        The Bank of Kentucky branch is separated from the police station by 19th Street and a Valvoline Instant Oil Change center. It is on Madison Avenue, one of the most traveled streets in Covington. The police station and the bank are about 70 paces from each other.

        Four to five police cruisers were in the area when the robbery occurred at 10:42 a.m., Lt. Col. Dorsey said. The response time was virtually immediate, he said.

        The suspect was described as a white male in his late teens or early 20s, of average height and thin build; and wearing a white baseball hat, a black vinyl windbreaker with a hood and khaki pants.

        One teller said she had her back turned the entire time the man was inside the bank and did not know a robbery had occurred until he left.

        “He was in and out in less than a minute,” said the teller, who did not want her name published.

        The teller who was robbed was given the rest of the day off, and the bank was closed until 2 p.m., she said.

        “It was a surprise to everybody that a branch would be robbed that close to a police station,” said Don Bahr, a Bank of Kentucky branch administrator.

        The amount of money stolen was not released.

        It was the first time this Bank of Kentucky branch has ever been robbed, Lt. Col. Dorsey said.

        Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or the Northern Kentucky FBI field office at (859) 341-3901.


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