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Arrest made in Rockcastle County robberies

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) -- An arrest has been made in connection with two Rockcastle County robberies.

Mt. Vernon police tell us they arrested 28-year-old Lee Speaks in connection with the cash express robbery from Saturday morning. Police say they were able to get a good vehicle description from video on the scene and later made a traffic stop on the vehicle involved.

That's when police notified State Police of the stop and with a search warrant they were able to find evidence to connect Speaks to both robberies.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the robbery at the Citizens Bank in Brodhead and Mt. Vernon Police are investigating the robbery at the Cash Express in Mt. Vernon.

"It's good to know that we've got authorities in place that are willing to step up and put their lives on the line to protect the community," said Corey Craig, Citizens Bank President.

Mt. Vernon police say they are investigating whether there is any connection between these two robberies and the bank robbery at the PBK Bank in Mt. Vernon on December 20th.

Speaks is currently lodged in the Rockcastle County Detention Center and is charged with two counts of Robbery 1st.

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Friday evening as the tellers at the Citizens Bank in Brodhead were preparing to close a man wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and overalls entered the building. He had a bank bag with a note in it in one hand and a gun in the other.

"He passed the note to the teller, demanding money, showed a gun," said bank president Corey Craig.

The teller handed the man cash and he ran from the building. Kentucky State Police were unable to find him, but less than 24 hours later they were back in Rockcastle County when the Cash Express in Mount Vernon was also held up at gunpoint.

That robbery happened around 1:30 Saturday afternoon. Mount Vernon police say a white man with a beard walked in armed with a gun and walked out with money.

Police say they aren't sure if it's the same man but they say there are a lot of similarities between the two robbers.

"It's hard not to wonder if it's the same person," Corey Craig said. "Very strange that it would happen within 24 hours, but at the same time we haven't caught the person here."

Craig says he's thankful no one has been hurt in these robberies. He credits his teller for keeping calm despite being at gunpoint.

"She not only kept herself safe but by her actions she kept everyone else that was in the bank safe by getting the robber out as quickly as possible," he said.

Craig says they had discussed security recently at the bank after the PBK Banks in Mount Vernon and Junction City were robbed. Kentucky State Police say they're working to determine if there's a connection between those robberies from December and the most recent crimes.


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