Friday, June 08, 2001
Bank robberies equal all of '00
By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Less than halfway through the year, Cincinnati has already had as many bank robberies as in all of 2000.
A robbery Thursday morning of the Cincinnati Central Credit Union, 1717 Western Ave. in the West End, raised the total this year to 24.
Just four years ago, there were only eight in the city, the lowest annual total in recent years.
Lt. Roger Wolf of the Cincinnati Investigation and Homicide Section said the motivations of bank robbers are varied and it's difficult to draw a profile of the average thief.
It tends to be a crime of opportunity, said Lt. Wolf.
Ed Boldt, spokesman for the Cincinnati office of the FBI, said a common motivation is an addiction to drugs or gambling, which can require large amounts of cash.
Mr. Boldt said that of the more than 5,800 robbers identified in 1998 bank robberies nationally, 49 percent of them were narcotics abusers.
He cited 52-year-old Robert E. Conway. Police said that up until his arrest last month the drug-addicted, career criminal had been an extremely active serial bank robber. Mr. Conway is suspected of robbing six banks in Cincinnati and two in Northern Kentucky since April 19.
Most bank robberies are not the work of serial offenders.
Nor are they unduly influenced by dramatized or otherwise romanticized depictions of such thievery in television shows or movies, said Mr. Boldt.
"When you talk to them they don't claim TV or movies made them do it. ... They rob banks because that is where the money is, he said.
Though they lack a common motivation, they nevertheless share one trait desperation.
These are people willing to walk into a bank when they know they are being filmed while committing a crime. They are desperate and they have to be considered dangerous, he said.
While Cincinnati banks have been hit often recently, it's nothing like Columbus, which had 132 robberies last year.
The robber of the credit union Thursday entered at 11:53 a.m. Police said he handed a teller a note demanding money and then ran east on Findlay Street and then north on Winchell Avenue.
Police ask that anyone with information call the Cincinnati Homicide Unit at (513) 352-3542 or Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040.
Esquire Theater's fans feel betrayed
Millions will get billions in tax rebate
Men tried to save girls from rushing currents
98% seeking graduation pass test
RADEL: Interstate 75
Bank robberies equal all of '00
College cutbacks make Taft unhappy
Lynch, Fangman unite in goal
After the flood, the cleanup
Arena tops list of goals for N.Ky.
Bill would strengthen auditors
Butler installing tech link
Campbell school has top teacher
Church fight brewing over gay ordination
Covington schools to realign
Erlanger race car driver dies from crash injuries
Flash floods hit Eastern Ky.
Health, education the great divide
High tech center in the works
Historic house gets new friend
Hospitalized man's ID sought
House bill adjusts Taft property line
Local lawmakers praise new tax law
Man to plead guilty to charges of child porn
New calendar gets positive response
New dental clinic caters to homeless
New Miami council under attack over police levy
Ohio killer has new date for execution
Schools to save $700,000
Tristate activist, professor say told-you-so on warming
Turkey Ridge site best, officials say
UC grad gets the picture
What's new in Newport?
Tristate A.M. Report