Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Bank robbers remain at large

Forest Park, Clifton incidents make 35 for year

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Bank robbers hit the Cincinnati area Monday in two separate heists.

        Police in Forest Park were busy first, after two armed, masked men entered the Bank One branch on Northland Boulevard about 9:30 a.m. One of the men held employees at gunpoint while the other man jumped the counter and bagged the money. Witnesses saw the men run behind Northpointe Plaza.

        Less than four hours later, about 1:15 p.m., a different suspect walked into the PNC Bank branch on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton.

        After demanding — and getting — money, he left the bank. Nobody saw which way he went, police said.

        Investigators did not say whether this robber had a weapon.

        The two robberies make the 34th and 35th so far this year in the Tristate, an unusual streak. Last year's robbery total: 28.

        The area's lowest number in recent years was nine, in 1994.

        Until Monday, the last robberies happened June 6. Two were also robbed that day, in Madisonville and Lawrenceburg.

        Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.


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