Rash Of Bank Robberies Across Lexington

Lexington police have their hands full after a series of bank robberies.

Three banks, all in different parts of the city, were hit within a span of five hours.

The first robbery happened at the Chase Bank on North Broadway just before eleven this morning. Police say a man walked into the bank wearing a Halloween mask, armed with an automatic weapon. He demanded money, then fled the scene on foot.

Authorities say bank employees and one customer were inside at the time, but no one was injured

Around two this afternoon, the BB & T Bank on Sir Barton Way was also robbed. The suspect, Wiley Bailey, entered the bank with a handgun, and demanded money from a clerk. Shortly after the robbery, police spotted the suspect in the nearby Tuscany subdivision, and police took him into custody in a field near Winchester Road and Sir Barton.

Meanwhile, police were called out to the First Federal Bank on Tates Creek Road, which has been held up four times since June. But this time, police say new security measures stopped the robber before he could hit.

A masked suspect, armed with a handgun, attempted to enter the bank, but was unable to get inside, due to a new system of having to buzz each person in after looking at them. The suspect then took off running.

Police say the suspects description is similar to the same man responsible for dozens of robberies across the state, including three at this bank alone.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a black toboggan, sunglasses, with a bandanna covering his face.

Police say the three robberies are not related.

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  • by Bank Employee Location: Lexington on Nov 14, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    Unfortunately this time of year, with Holidays approaching, we see an increase in bank robberies.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lex on Nov 13, 2007 at 03:33 PM
    A reply to Joe: I know Mr. Bailey -- don't blame this on gas prices or the gov't....
  • by Peggy Location: KY on Nov 13, 2007 at 02:56 PM
    I think we MIGHT want to blame the tree huggers for the price of gas going up.Everytime someone mentions drilling for oil on United Stated property,Al Gore and his 'the sky is fallin' bunch freak out.Now we're having to deal with China having a deal with Cuba to drill right off the coast of Flordia.That's sweet!I dont know if the cost of gas is a reasonable explanation of these robberies,though.Why were there robberies happening when gas was $1.50 a gallon?Kinda knocks that explanation out.Most folks in lower-middle class pay the same price for gasoline...most don't go robbing banks.These people rob because they simply wanting something for nothing.
  • by denver Location: winchester on Nov 13, 2007 at 02:16 PM
    the sky is falling price of gas is to high so popple will rob banks give me a brack
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Nov 13, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    I was wondering what was going on over at Hamburg with all the cop cars around.
  • by Joe Location: cynthiana on Nov 13, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    Things like this are going to be a common thing with the price of gas and everything going up and the fed. goverment not doing anything about it.We are going to see another depression. Starting with the lower class of workers who can not afford the things that have become a necessity to every day life


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