Friday, November 03, 2000

Suspect's luck soured after $4,000 bank heist

Woman arrested five minutes later

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — After Patricia Perry left an Owensville bank with a toy gun after a robbery, police say, she saw that her friend and getaway driver had abandoned her.

        It was just the beginning of her bad luck.

        The 28-year-old woman walked two doors up West Main Street and knocked on an apartment door Wednesday afternoon in hopes of calling a cab or getting a ride home. The resident was off-duty Owensville Police Officer John McKenzie.

        No cab was immediately available, so Officer McKenzie — not realizing that the nearby National Bank and Trust had just been robbed or that Ms. Perry had $4,000 in her purse — offered to walk with her because “she was too drunk to walk by herself,” Owensville Police Chief Paul Sturgill said Thursday.

        Her getaway driver had gone. Ms. Perry and her new “ride home” were walking outside when officer Shaun Embleton — armed with a description of the suspect — walked up, said hello to his fellow officer and arrested Ms. Perry.

        Ms. Perry, of the 500 block of University Lane in Batavia, was arraigned Thursday in Clermont County Municipal Court on one count of aggravated robbery.

        Her bond was set at $20,000 but a detainer was placed against her release because she is on parole from an unrelated offense in Ohio.

        “I've never seen anything like this,” said Chief Sturgill, who's been on the force 11 years. “She was very belligerent.”

        Ms. Perry walked in and out of the bank several times around 3 p.m. Wednesday, raising suspicions among tellers that she was intoxicated. Police said that when she finally demanded money, she showed her “weapon” and walked out with the $4,000, all of which was recovered.

        “It was just a black plastic gun with an orange tip like toys have,” Chief Sturgill said.

        The time elapsed from robbery to arrest: Five minutes, police said.


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