Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2011

Robbery reported at Central National Bank on 9th Street in Lawrence

Lawrence Police investigate the Central National Bank branch at 603 W. Ninth Street, Thursday, July 14, 2011. An armed robbery was reported there about 3:25 that afternoon.

July 14, 2011, 3:34 p.m. Updated July 15, 2011, 12:13 a.m.

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Lawrence Police investigate the Central National Bank branch at 603 W. Ninth Street, Thursday, July 14, 2011. An armed robbery was reported there earlier in the afternoon.

Lawrence Police investigate the Central National Bank branch at 603 W. Ninth Street, Thursday, July 14, 2011. An armed robbery was reported there earlier in the afternoon.

Security cameras at Central National Bank captured these photos of the man who robbed the bank on Thursday.

Security cameras at Central National Bank captured these photos of the man who robbed the bank on Thursday.

Security cameras at Central National Bank in Lawrence captured these photos of the man who robbed the bank July 15.

Security cameras at Central National Bank in Lawrence captured these photos of the man who robbed the bank July 15.

Security cameras at Central National Bank captured these images of the man who robbed the bank Thursday.

Security cameras at Central National Bank captured these images of the man who robbed the bank Thursday.

Lawrence police were searching Thursday afternoon for a man who robbed Central National Bank, 603 W. Ninth St., and ran south on Louisiana Street.

Officers were called to the bank at 3:25 p.m. Thursday after witnesses inside the bank reported a man entered the building from the south, went to the lobby and demanded money from some tellers.

Lawrence police are working to determine the events and circumstances surrounding the robbery with investigators from the FBI, which is common in bank robberies. Bridget Patton, an FBI spokeswoman, said that the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“He had his right hand in his pocket, indicating a weapon. However, no weapon was shown,” Patton said.

Officers and detectives were canvassing the area south of the bank Thursday afternoon, and detectives were at the crime scene collecting evidence and working to examine surveillance video.

Police described the suspect as a white male, in his mid-20s, about six feet tall, with brown hair, wearing a green cap, blue jeans and a black zip-up coat.

Later in the evening, police released photos of the suspect.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Matt Sarna said officers were unsure if a vehicle was involved in the robbery.

“We have no witnesses at this time who saw any type of vehicle,” he said.

No injuries were reported.

“If people do get robbed by someone wanting cash, we ask them to give them the money and give in to all of the demands that they ask,” Sarna said.

He said police also ask businesses to immediately lock their doors afterward and try to give the best description of the suspect they can.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Lawrence police at 785-832-7560 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS (8477).

Comments

UNIKU 3 years, 11 months ago

This happened during the Yellow House lunch hour....just sayin'.....

somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

"A college aged male" What, 18-dead? After getting out of the Corps, I started college at 25 years of age and graduated at 29. I have a few friends who started in late thirties and my mother finished hers when she was in her 50's. So in this day in age of non-traditional students, what is college aged?

If you are trying to say he looked 18-24 just say it, wtf is college age?

somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you! Remember the old adage, “There's never enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to do it again”.

iknowright 3 years, 11 months ago

yeah when it said "college age" i was thinking that he was around 75 or so then i saw the picture and there was no wheelchair and i was like WAIT! WHAT!? anyways.. great point. hope they get that taken care of so the story makes more sense.

angel4dennis 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank goodness no one was injured! Hope they capture the robber and he is brought to justice.

Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

I bet he'll be at south park Saturday surrounded by the supporters of wealth redistribution. He'll probably be the guest of honor.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 11 months ago

I think you have South Park confused with Wall Street.

Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

You've never been to wall street have you?

Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

I worked on Wall Street for several years (branch of a Swiss financial institution). One of those "wealth creating" entities that managed to destroy trillions in global wealth while paying themselves (and to be fair, me) handsomely for doing it.

I'd say Bozo was spot on. Last I checked the value of the accumulated bailouts, subsidies, and financial support of Wall Street was approaching the majority of Wall Street's cumulative valuation! Gosh, what is the value of avoiding 100% shareholder losses from bankruptcy? How much would the Koch Bros. pay to avoid spending the remainder of their days dining on prison chow?

Sorry, this thief sounds to me like he got tired of waiting for his own bailout!

geekin_topekan 3 years, 11 months ago

Redistributed from the working class straight to the Koch bros?

Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

Alright, you made the accusation, back it up. You show where the koch brothers have received money from a the government not in exchange for a good or service.

No, tax breaks don't count because that is not even within the ballpark of the definition of "redistribution".

Prove the government is giving money to the koch brothers. No idiocy about tax breaks. I want you to tell me how wealth is being taken out of the pockets of the poor and middle class and handed to the koch brothers.

You can't redistribute money to somebody that already has the money so any mention of tax breaks will amount to an instantaneous cop out and show you for a blatant liar. So fill us in, geekin topekan, fill us in on the money the government is giving to the koch brothers and not receiving an appropriate good or service in return.

I think you and everyone that relies on your lie in this thread is despicable. Debate honestly and quit parroting the talking points of unions and anti-corporate shills.

tanaumaga 3 years, 11 months ago

Did anybody shut down/check the bum super highway? Or Jenson's?

iknowright 3 years, 11 months ago

did anyone check "signs of life" downtown?

boxers_or_briefs 3 years, 11 months ago

I hope the police have checked "The Oread". That place is notorious for criminal activity.

rockchalker52 3 years, 11 months ago

Glad it was a green hat on his head & not a green sh:t or we might have been looking at an epidemic.

riverdrifter 3 years, 11 months ago

It gonna be a while before you hear the end of that one, JK...

pizzapete 3 years, 11 months ago

Robbing a bank is so passe'. This dude should have just bought a historic building downtown, boarded it up, and asked the city for a couple hundred thousand to fix it.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure he'll be able to send you a photograph to prove his statement.

50YearResident 3 years, 11 months ago

Why is it so easy to rob a bank in the United States? All someone has to do is ask for money with one hand in their pocket. Banks in Italy have entry ways with metal detectors and a guard behind bullet proof glass. If you set off the detector, you have to empty your pockets before you are allowed to enter the lobby. They lock you in the entryway while you are taking stuff out of your pockets.. You can't run out of the bank or enter the lobby area. Works every time.

whatupdown 3 years, 11 months ago

Lets pass a law that makes it illegal to wear a hat and /or sunglasses in a bank; so that as soon as someone is seen walking in... hit the silent alarm button.

Jean Robart 3 years, 11 months ago

many banks already have signes up saying no sunglasses, no hats allowed

Steve Jacob 3 years, 11 months ago

Did not show a weapon, got no great view of him on camera, and was not caught right away. Not his first bank robbery I would guess.

And why not rob a bank? When is the last time you saw a security guard in a bank?

Steve Jacob 3 years, 11 months ago

And look at the FBI stats for 2010...The total loot taken amounted to $43,016,099.07 and $8,193,065.41 (19%) was recovered.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 11 months ago

So if he stole an estimated $20,000 and gets caught and spends 15 years in jail, and assuming he gets to keep the $20,000 (maybe he had time to hide it and plans to recover it when released), then that works out to something like 15 cents an hour. Personally, I'd rather get another job.

Sarah St. John 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder if he's also the guy who stole the tomatoes!

sulliedotcom 3 years, 11 months ago

Undisclosed amount? Don't they usually track money by its serial numbers? I'm curious to see if this guy gets caught. I hope LJWorld keeps us in the loop.

somebodynew 3 years, 11 months ago

They never say exactly how much was taken in a robbery until the guy is caught. Trust me, a bank knows every dollar that was taken, they just are not going to publicize it.

If it was a whole lot, then it might give somebody else the idea to try it. Typically it really isn't all that much (compared to how much time they will spend when caught). Now if they only got a dollar or two they might release that just to make the guy look stupid, but that is not what they normally do.

jlzack 3 years, 11 months ago

Your correct. I work in a bank & we know exactly how much money is in our drawer. There is also a limit as to how much you can keep in your drawer.

sulliedotcom 3 years, 11 months ago

And no picture of his face? That's hard to believe.

RugerLCP 3 years, 11 months ago

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pkfs 3 years, 11 months ago

Since you're such an expert on bank security, can you please explain what 'relaxed' security is?

CDerby 3 years, 11 months ago

I can assure everyone that Central National Bank does not take security lightly and it is not more relaxed than other banks. All banks have rigorous security training. Employees involved in yesterday’s robbery did exactly what they were trained to do and fortunately no one was hurt. To the contrary of RugerLCP's comment, FBI and LKPD were very complimentary of our staff, systems, and procedures. Charles Derby President Central National Bank

trinity 3 years, 11 months ago

apparantly there was a bank robbery in ottawa just this morning i hear

jlzack 3 years, 11 months ago

I heard the same thing trinity, swat team has the bank surrounded & one hostage has been released....

trinity 3 years, 11 months ago

hmmm wonder if there were two, the reports i've seen so far indicate that a man went in, said he had a gun, never did show it, a woman waiting in an older model pickup, they drove off...

jlzack 3 years, 11 months ago

A lady I work with said her in-laws were in the Orschelns/Wal-mart area & the bank south of Orschelns had the swat team surrounding the bank. Evidently one person had ben released. I haven't heard anything since... ?

jlzack 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe it was just an employee that they saw walking out of the bank, (they may have thought it was a hostage) the Ottawa Herald now has updates on the robbery & the 2 people have gotten away.

trinity 3 years, 11 months ago

ya...there never was a hostage situation, must have just been an employee or something walking out. haven't yet heard if the robber(s) have been caught, the topeka paper has a breaking news story about it...

badhatHarry 3 years, 11 months ago

I think the authorities need to engage in a highly unscientific denim dating procedure. In my experience, one can estimate a person's age by looking at the kind of jeans he or she wears. Sometimes, it's possible to even guess what year that person graduated from high school. Based on the width of the leg of the jeans and the bagginess of the rise area, I'm going to guess that this guy is older than 23...

dogsandcats 3 years, 11 months ago

He could claim temporary insanity brought about by heat exhaustion while wearing a black coat in this 100 degree heat.

tomatogrower 3 years, 11 months ago

Just heard from a facebook friend that a bank in Ottawa was robbed today, fitting a similar description. Anyone know if it's true? LJW?

Kirk Larson 3 years, 11 months ago

He must live nearby. He ran uphill in the afternoon heat!

RugerLCP 3 years, 11 months ago

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KUFan1984 3 years, 11 months ago

I would imagine it's most difficult for any employee to sucessfully attend to their duties without the appropriate access (keys, vaults, etc). Any employer that lets employees have access to any sort of sensitive information or vaulables is fully aware of the risks and benefits. I can't imagine NOT providing my employees appropriate access to software they need to learn to utilize, simply because they might steal a person's SSN. They've been interviewed and vetted, so what suddenly changes between that moment and their first day walking in the doors?

I think fingerprinting is pretty uncommon as part of a background check in many industries-I've been in the financial service sector for almost 6 years and never once provided prints.

I usually find that people willing to liberally flap their trap about a former employer's failings probably is telling a one-sided story.

RugerLCP 3 years, 11 months ago

I really don't think that was a violation

RugerLCP 3 years, 11 months ago

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somebodynew 3 years, 11 months ago

You are right oneeye - I remember that one, and did you know she came back after a few years and tried the same thing at the same bank??? She had a few problems obviously.

50YearResident 3 years, 11 months ago

This robber could not have had a gun. Why? Because there is a "NO GUNS" sign on the front door. That makes it illegal to enter with a gun. So the robber couldn't have had one, now could he? If he entered with a gun it would be a crime. He would have left it in the car or at home..

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