Friday, May 11, 2001

Teens charged in S&L heists

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        FOREST PARK - A local man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery Thursday, just hours after police say the pair robbed a savings and loan here for the second time in four days.

        Ricky Grove, Jr., 18, and the juvenile are each facing two counts of aggravated robbery in connection with two holdups at the Franklin Savings and Loan at 1100 W. Kemper Road. The savings and loan was robbed at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, and it was also hit Monday.

        Police say a man entered the bank Thursday afternoon and gave a teller a note, indicating he had a weapon and demanding money. The robber fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. Bank employees told police that Thursday's robber matched the description of Monday's bandit.

        There were no injuries.

        “We got a witness in the area that gave us a pretty good description of a possible (suspect) vehicle,” Forest Park police Capt. Don Simpson said. “We spotted the vehicle. It matched real close to what we had been looking for.”

        Money taken during Thursday's robbery was recovered from the suspects, he said. The suspects were arrested without incident near the bank about an hour after the robbery.

        Police said Mr. Grove was the alleged robber, while the juvenile allegedly drove the car in both heists.

        No weapon was recovered, Capt. Simpson said.

        Police credited an alert resident with helping make the arrests.

        “Our residents provided us with some (key) information in this,” Capt. Simpson said.

        Police do not know whether the pair is tied to several other recent bank robberies in Hamilton County suburbs.


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