Thursday, June 14, 2001

Covington bank hit third time in 4 years

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — In the Tristate's latest bank heist, two men held up the Fifth Third Bank branch downtown here Wednesday morning.

        It was the third time that bank was robbed in 3 1/2 years and the 11th bank robbery in Northern Kentucky this year, said FBI Agent Doug Warner, a bank-robbery specialist.

[photo] Covington Police Lt. Danny Miles (left) talks with Spc. Randy Yealey in the doorway of the Fifth Third Bank at Sixth Street and Madison Avenue in Covington after it was robbed by two men about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Agent Warner said this year's number of bank robberies is about the same as last year's at this time.

        The two men robbed the Sixth Street and Madison Avenue bank at 10 a.m. One of the men vaulted over the counter and took money from one teller. The other demanded money from another teller.

        No weapons were shown, and there were no injuries. Authorities did not disclose the amount of money taken.

        The pair got away in a gold four-door, foreign-made car. The FBI said it could be a late-model Honda Accord. It left the bank going west on Sixth Street.

        One of the robbers was described as black, 5-foot-8 with a thin build.

        The second man was described as black, 5-foot-7 and heavy, weighing more than 200 pounds

        Police believe both men are in their late 20s or early 30s.

        A foiled robbery attempt at the branch two years ago ended in a shootout with Covington police. Antonio Jordan of Bond Hill was sentenced to 15 years in jail for shooting at Covington Police Officer Mike McGuffey while trying to flee the bank robbery.

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