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Investigations continue into last week’s bank robberies in Lawrence, Ottawa

July 20, 2011

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No arrests have been made in either of two area bank robberies from last week, said FBI spokesman Joel Sealer.

“There’s nothing new to report,” Sealer said.

This photo shows the suspect involved in robbing Great Southern Bank in Ottawa. The bank was robbed at approximately 10:05 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2011.

This photo shows the suspect involved in robbing Great Southern Bank in Ottawa. The bank was robbed at approximately 10:05 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2011.

This photo shows the truck used by the suspect in the July 15, 2011, robbery at Great Southern Bank in Ottawa. The truck was described as a 1970s or 1980s red Toyota or Nissan pick-up truck, with rust on the passenger side bed.

This photo shows the truck used by the suspect in the July 15, 2011, robbery at Great Southern Bank in Ottawa. The truck was described as a 1970s or 1980s red Toyota or Nissan pick-up truck, with rust on the passenger side bed.

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.

The first bank robbery occurred July 14 at Central National Bank, 603 W. Ninth St. A man walked into the bank in the afternoon and demanded money from a teller. No one was injured. Police have released this description of the suspect:

White male, mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, with brown hair, who wore a green cap, blue jeans and a black zip-up coat. Surveillance footage from the bank caught images of the man, but the man’s cap obscures a clear picture of his face.

The other robbery occurred on July 15 at the Great Southern Bank, 2040 South Princeton St. A man gave the teller a note demanding cash and threatened the teller with a weapon, although no weapon was shown, she said. No one was injured.

Police released this suspect description:

White male with a goatee, brown hair, thin build, in his mid-30s, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall. He wore a camouflage ball cap, dark plaid shirt with a brown T-shirt underneath that had an unknown design on the chest and dirty blue jeans. The surveillance footage from the bank does catch the suspect’s face in several images.

The suspect fled the bank’s property in an older model red pickup truck. A white female with dirty blonde hair was in the passenger seat, witnesses said, and the truck was headed toward Interstate 35. Ottawa police described the truck as a 1970s to 1980s model Nissan or Toyota.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call the FBI at 816-512-8200.

Comments

Vinny1 3 years, 7 months ago

With the pictures that you had posted before how has no one recognized and reported the thief?

DillonBarnes 3 years, 7 months ago

I can only assume he's not from the area and just passed through.

50YearResident 3 years, 7 months ago

He must have came off I-35, robbed the bank, got back on I-35 and continued his journey. That's the only he could get away, he is not an Ottawa resident.

The Lawrence robber was just lucky he didn't get caught. Better cameras would have helped. Why do banks have such crappy cameras?

DillonBarnes 3 years, 7 months ago

An individual bank gets robbed once every few years , the robber usually gets away with just a few hundred dollars. A high quality surveillance system probably costs a couple thousand dollars. Just doesn't benefit a company financially to install them I guess. I'm not basing this on any information, just a casual observation as to the reason, at least at smaller banks that is.

DillonBarnes 3 years, 7 months ago

Now do the banks take the robberies as a loss, or are they insured somehow? I have no idea about this, maybe someone who knows more can shed some light.

Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 7 months ago

Almost all banks are FDIC insured so they are compensated. FDIC is federal though which is why the FBI deals with bank robberies.

50YearResident 3 years, 7 months ago

Several thousand dollar investment to give depositors peace of mind that the bank will not be robbed seems like a great deal and just another bank expense to write off. Why not have the very best survielance cameras available and advertise it as a security feature of the bank? Looks like a win/win situation to me and should be for the bank. The side benefit, should a robbery occure the chances of catching the robber are greatly improved.

TheTalker 3 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for clearing that up Stoltenberg. I was always wondering why FBI got involved. I was going to ask the cops the next time they came out to my neighborhood for a noise complaint, but now I don't need to.

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