Saturday, July 08, 2000

Bank robbery is 38th this year




By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two men robbed a Northside bank Friday afternoon, Greater Cincinnati's 38th bank robbery this year.

        At 1:15 p.m, the pair threatened the six Provident Bank employees and three customers with a gun, but no shots were fired, said Sgt. Thomas Lanter, of the Cincinnati Police Division's homicide unit.

        While one robber stood watch in the lobby at 4140 Hamilton Ave., the other leapt over a counter and emptied the drawers.

        Both men fled east on Knowlton Street, through an alley and north toward Langland Street, Sgt. Lanter said.

        Customer April Madden of Northside was standing at one of the teller windows when the robbers entered.

        “I just heard them saying, "Don't look, don't look,' so I didn't,” she said. “I'm feeling much better than I was when it happened.”

        Her husband, Ken Madden, waited anxiously outside after Mrs. Madden called to tell him the bank was robbed.

        “I sure was worried, but I'm just glad she's OK,” he said.

        At one point, police thought they had found the robbers.

        Two men, who police said matched the descriptions of the robbers, stood in handcuffs outside the bank. Employees and customers watched the men from a large window inside the bank, as police asked the two to turn in different directions. Police later determined the men were not the robbers, Sgt. Lanter said.

        Another Provident Bank was robbed Thursday morning, in Bellevue. It was the first bank robbery of the year in Northern Kentucky. In 1999, there were 28 robberies in Greater Cincinnati.

       



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