Tuesday, August 29, 2000

2 more area banks robbed

No one injured as gunmen strike in Loveland, Northside

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two Southwest Ohio banks became the latest robbery victims Monday in a year of bank robberies.

        • A man armed with a handgun and wearing a Halloween mask entered the Union Savings Bank on West Loveland Avenue in Loveland about 5 p.m. and demanded money, police said. The robber, white and in his 20s with blond hair, wearing a black T-shirt with a possible rock band insignia on the front, was last seen at the intersection of Center and Elm streets.

        No one was injured during the robbery, police said.

        • Monday morning, the Provident Bank in Northside was robbed for the second time in six weeks.

        Police say a black man in his early 20s entered the front door of the bank at 4140 Hamilton Ave. just after 9 a.m. with a handgun and demanded money from a teller. After receiving the money, he fled, running east on Knowlton Street.

        No one was injured.

        Monday's robberies were the 40th and 41st this year in Southwest Ohio. There have been 46 in the area if Northern Kentucky is included. On July 7, the Provident in Northside was robbed of $5,048. Ed Boldt, spokesman for the FBI office in Cincinnati, said three men have been arrested in connection with that robbery.

        George Davis Jr., 17, of New York, Randy C. Flores, 20, of Cincinnati, and Donelle T. McNeil, address unknown, were indicted on aggravated robbery charges.

        Mr. Boldt said that the two robberies were not connected and that the most recent suspect probably did not know the bank had been robbed before.

        “I'm sure it's just a matter of convenience for the bad guys,” he said. “Believe me, the bad guys don't read the papers.”

        Police said the man in Monday's Provident Bank robbery remains at large. He is described as 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and 150 pounds with dark skin and a light mustache. He also had a noticeable gap between his front teeth.

        Witnesses told police the man wore a green-and-gray flannel shirt, dark pants, a dark knit cap and latex gloves.

        Police recovered the man's clothing, which was found a short distance from the bank.

        Anyone with information about either robbery can call the Homicide Unit of the Cincinnati Police Division at 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous and receive compensation for their information.


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