Lexington Banks Taking Measures To Prevent Bank Robberies

It's a crime that's skyrocketing in Lexington, bank robberies.
The most recent hold-up was today at the Fifth Third Bank on Versailles road. That makes 22 for the year, the same number combined for 2005 and 2006. We've already hit a record high for bank robberies in Lexington and there's still a month left in the year.
The rash of robberies has some banks changing the way they do security. First Federal Bank on Tates Creek Road has been hit four times in the last twelve-months and reported two more attempted bank robberies at that branch location.
Because of the significant increase in robberies the bank is implementing new security measures.
One example of security changes at First Federal on Tates Creek Road, Customers now have to be buzzed into the building by tellers.
A security measure police say has already prevented a bank robbery.

The Fifth Third Bank of Versailles Road was locked down on Monday after a bank robbery.

Police say a man, wearing an old man Halloween mask, walked into the Fifth Third Bank on Versailles Road at around 9:30 , and pulled out a gun.

He got away with some money, but the teller followed procedure, and put a dye pack in with the money.

The suspect ran away on foot toward Devonport Drive, where the dye pack exploded.

The suspect lost some of the money in that area, which police recovered.

Police say there's a good chance the suspect is covered in red dye.

Police also say this suspect may be the same person who robbed the Chase Bank on North Broadway last month.


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  • by R Location: AZ on Dec 4, 2007 at 10:07 PM
    My mother works at this branch and was there Monday morning, when the robbery happened. It's not the first time that she has come home and told us that she was involved in a robbery, but because I'm an adult now and I have a better sense of what happened, it's a lot scarier. It was hard for me watching the clips from these newscats of what they guy looked like. And if it's hard for me some 2000 miles away- I can only imagine what my mother is going through. I hope they catch this guy. I think we'll all sleep better if they do.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Dec 4, 2007 at 09:52 AM
    Anyone wearing a halloween mask will no longer be permitted to enter the bank. This ban also applies to kerchiefs over the mouth and duct tape around the head.
  • by Ben Location: Lex on Dec 4, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    Yeah, let's just get rid of all paper money... that would be simple for the government to do... C, are you crazy? And as far as medal detectors... what happens when an Olympian walks in and wants some money from his account? OHHHH, you must mean METAL... who is going to sit and man it? take care of the customer's keys, etc, etc. when they come in. I read a lot of comments you make, you have got to be smokin' cornshucks.
  • by c Location: fkt on Dec 4, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    That's a great idea to have medal detector in the entrace of every bank and store! But a better idea would be do away paper money all together. Use debit card instead for every transaction! No paper money then no drug deals, no bank robberies, no thefts at homes, etc. Crime will go down because there won't be any paper money to get! No tax fraud because all purchases will be recorded and easily checked! Just makes sense to do away with paper money period! But that's just too simple for the govenment to handle!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 3, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    Time to put the ol money back in mason jars in the backyard. Banks just aren't safe anymore...

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