Wednesday, August 09, 2000

Cabby on work release helped police

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The cabby who unwittingly picked up an accused bank robber Monday in Covington, then helped police make the arrest, is a convict out of jail on work release.

        Robert Clem, who is serving time in the Kenton County Jail in Covington for failing to pay child support, was unaware of the robbery at Huntington Bank in Covington until police traced the accused to his cab.

        Then he pointed them to the exact room in the Regal Hotel downtown where Isaac Moody had just checked in.

        Officers arrested Mr. Moody about an hour after the heist, at the hotel.

        Mr. Clem reported the incident immediately upon returning to jail later Monday. He had to forfeit the $50 tip Mr. Moody had given him — to the FBI.

        “I went down and talked to him to make sure he was OK,” said Rodney Ballard, chief deputy jailer. “I told him he'd done the right thing.”


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