Thursday, May 24, 2001

Two banks held up in one day

28 robberies so far this year in county

By William A. Weathers and David Eck
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two more bank robberies Wednesday - making four in Hamilton County in the past two days - pushed the yearly total to 28, two more than occurred by this time last year.

        There were 53 bank robberies in Hamilton County in 2000, the most since 1985, FBI spokesman Ed Boldt said Wednesday.

        The Key Bank at 7909 Montgomery Road at Kenwood Towne Centre and the Provident Bank at 6071 Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge were both hit Wednesday.

        In the first robbery, a man walked into the Key Bank just before noon, approached a teller, indicated that he had a weapon, and demanded money. He obtained an undetermined amount of cash and fled out the front door. The getaway vehicle was a brown, late-1980s Chevrolet Suburban. It was last seen going north in the shopping mall lot.

        The robber is white, in his 40s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black-and-yellow hat, a white T-shirt, dark trench coat and white gym shoes.

        In the other robbery Wednesday, a man who indicated he was armed entered the Provident Bank at 2:35 p.m., demanded cash and fled. This man was described as black, in his late 20s, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, wearing a blue jean floppy hat, tan long sleeve shirt, knee length shorts, work boots and sunglasses.

        On Tuesday, two Provident Bank branches in Cincinnati were robbed. One was at 2501 Gilbert Ave. in Walnut Hills. The other was at 630 Vine St.


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