Saturday, August 04, 2001

Bank robbery tally grows by 2 more


County logs Nos. 56 and 57 Friday

By David Eck and Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Police recorded two more bank robberies in Hamilton County on Friday, bringing the county's total this year to 57.

        There were no injuries in either holdup, one in Cincinnati and the other in Green Township.

        The robberies capped a busy week in which six banks in Hamilton County were robbed. Three robberies on Monday meant the county has topped in seven months the total number of bank robberies for all of 2000.

[photo] Investigators gather evidence at Union Savings Bank in Green Township.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The 53 robberies last year were the most in at least 15 years, according to the FBI.

        Friday's first robbery occurred at a Provident Bank in Corryville, where Cincinnati police said a man used the threat of a gun to rob a bank teller about 10:30 a.m.

        A man, described as a white male, 30 to 40, 6 feet tall and about 175 pounds, entered the bank at 2522 Vine St. and indicated to a teller that he was armed, though he showed no gun.

        The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running south on Vine Street.

        Police said the man was wearing a yellow baseball cap, dark T-shirt and blue jeans.

        It was the 37th bank robbery in the city so far this year.

        About three hours later a man carrying a handgun walked into the Union Savings Bank at 6393 Glenway Ave. in Green Township and demanded money. He fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

        Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said the man was last seen driving a black Toyota Tercel or Corolla with Kentucky plates south on Glenway Avenue.

        There were four employees, but no customers, in the bank.

        The man is described as a white male in his 30s, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing all black clothing, a gray ski mask and glasses or goggles over the mask, police said.

        Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 851-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
       



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