Saturday, July 19, 2003

Pair charged in bank holdup

Husband, wife under investigation in 10 or more other area robberies

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MIAMI TWP. - Investigators think Robert and Michelle Moore are responsible for the January 2002 robbery of a Fifth Third Bank inside the Kroger store at Mulberry Square on Ohio 28.

A task force is also investigating whether the couple could have been involved in 10 or more other bank robberies throughout the area.

The married couple were arrested this week in Clermont County's Union Township - Robert while he pumped gas, and Michelle inside their rented house on Elm Tree Court. A joint task force of deputies and police officers with the Clermont County Sheriff's Department and Miami Township, along with departments in Springdale and Union Township, are looking into links to other bank robberies.

"There is some evidence to indicate that Robert Moore is involved in more than one robbery," said Clermont County Prosecutor Don White.

He declined to elaborate.

Clermont County Municipal Judge James A. Shriver set significant bonds for the couple.

Robert Moore, 26, is being held in lieu of $5 million bond. Michelle Moore, 23, is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Assistant Prosecutor Tony Brock said his office requested that each be detained on $1 million bonds.

Officials suspect Robert Moore used a handgun to threaten tellers into turning over money, while Michelle allegedly waited outside in the couple's car.

Officials would not say how much money was stolen in the Mulberry Square robbery.

Robert Moore is charged with one count of aggravated robbery, while his wife faces one count of complicity to aggravated robbery.

If convicted as charged, both could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

The case could be sent to the grand jury as soon as next week.


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