Thursday, January 24, 2002

Getaway car burns after holdup

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        EDGEWOOD — A bank robber's getaway vehicle caught fire Wednesday, after the gunman held up a Fifth Third Bank on Dixie Highway.

[photo] Edgewood Police Officers Shawn Kleier (left) and Terry Chinn look over the burned car believed to have been used by a man who robbed a Fifth Third Bank on Dixie Highway.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        A silver-colored 1980 Buick sedan with Pendleton County plates burned on Hudnall Lane, in a residential neighborhood about a quarter-mile from the bank. Edgewood Police Chief Steve Vollmar called the fire suspicious.

        Police said a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank at 3003 Dixie Highway at 10:42 a.m., pulled a blue steel semiautomatic pistol and took an undisclosed amount of money.

        The robber is described as a white man, 5-foot-6, 160 pounds with a long black wig and fake mustache. He was wearing a black hat, dark sunglasses, a tan flannel shirt over a T-shirt, black pants and a black jacket.

        The Northern Kentucky office of the FBI — which covers Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Kenton and Pendleton counties — investigated 15 bank robberies in 2001. Pat Maley, supervisory special agent, characterized that number as “high.” He said his unofficial analysis indicated the region averages about 10 bank holdups a year.

        This was the first bank robbery this year in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties.


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