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Suspect in Wednesday bank robbery arrested

February 21, 2013

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A 55-year-old Lawrence man has been arrested as a suspect in Wednesday afternoon's bank robbery at Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth St.

Lawrence police officers remove items from a trash container in an alley in the 700 block between Illinois St. and Mississippi St. after responding to a reported bank robbery at Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. 6th St., about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday..According to scanner traffic, police are seeking a white male who was last seen on a bicycle, wearing a ski mask and carrying a multicolored backpack with a Kansas Jayhawk logo. An employee at the bank told police that she saw a dye pack that the robber carried away with the money explode in the bag..

Lawrence police officers remove items from a trash container in an alley in the 700 block between Illinois St. and Mississippi St. after responding to a reported bank robbery at Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. 6th St., about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday..According to scanner traffic, police are seeking a white male who was last seen on a bicycle, wearing a ski mask and carrying a multicolored backpack with a Kansas Jayhawk logo. An employee at the bank told police that she saw a dye pack that the robber carried away with the money explode in the bag..

Larry Eugene Martin was arrested Wednesday night shortly after 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. Police identified Martin as a suspect a few hours after the robbery occurred at 12:10 p.m., and officers found Martin at the supermarket by locating his vehicle.

Some of the evidence leading police to Martin came from interviews with witnesses, McKinley said. Investigators also found physical evidence, including clothing that police believe was used in the robbery, in trash cans near the bank.

Martin’s criminal record in Douglas County goes back to at least 2004, when he was found guilty of attempting to elude police officers. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to harassment by telephone. Most recently, he was charged in August with burglary, theft and criminal use of a financial card in connection with a burglary of a vehicle. Martin is scheduled to appear in court on those charges in March.

Police typically do not disclose the amount of money stolen in a bank robbery, but McKinley said Wednesday’s robbery was not exceptionally successful.

“None of these are huge amounts of money, by any standard,” McKinley said.

McKinley said it is still not known whether a weapon was used in the robbery, or whether the credit union robbery was related to last Wednesday's robbery of Lawrence Bank, 100 E. Ninth St.

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Comments

bad_dog 1 year, 7 months ago

Did you witness anything? If so, what? Did you contact the police to pass on what you witnessed? If not, why?

What really surprises me is when a good citizen with plenty of time on their hands and valuable information to impart doesn't bother to walk across the street and ask the authorities if they were aware what was witnessed. Even more astounding is the fact the crime was apparently solved in the absence of that information. Kind of gives the impression the "anything" alluded to above either didn't exist or was unnecessary to unraveling the criminal conundrum. Hmm.

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DrQuack 1 year, 8 months ago

Twenty years! Why put up with this guy in our society any longer?

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bigmike 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder if he was buying food or cigarettes with the loot!?

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nrock50 1 year, 7 months ago

I personally know Larry Eugene Martin, and I can tell you he is always plotting and looking for an angle. His crimes have had a steady progression over the years, and if he is not dealt with properly there is no telling how far he may go and how much he may risk. If he does not care enough to lead a productive life for his own personal morals and society that has to live and revolve around him, how much farther is he willing to go, and who will be hurt in the process? Good job LPD.

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