Demanding money through a note was the most popular means of robbing a bank in the U.S. in 2018, according to the FBI. The robber passed a note 1,813 times, followed by threatening possessing a weapon (1,329), and making an oral threat (1,252).
There were more than eight bank robberies a day in the U.S. in 2018, according to the FBI. In those 3,033 robberies, violence was committed 81 times, including 16 instances when a firearm was discharged, 59 assaults, one explosion and five instances when hostages were taken.
That violence resulted in 34 injuries, nine hostages taken and four deaths, all perpetrators, according to the FBI. In Ohio, there were 146 bank robberies in 2018, according to the FBI.
Warren County law enforcement officers were aided in their investigation of the bank robberies by bank surveillance cameras that captured all of the robberies, said Carlisle Police Chief Michael Bruck.
Police were ultimately able to locate the vehicle Lunsford drove during the robberies, according to the prosecutor’s office. The vehicle contained the same clothing Lunsford wore during the robberies and a note similar to the ones given to the tellers, according to the release. Lunsford was located in Indiana and extradited back to Ohio to face these charges.
On March 14, 2019, Lunsford robbed the Peoples Bank branch in Carlisle. He robbed the Springboro branch on June 30, 2016 and the Franklin branch on July 15, 2016, according to police.
Lunsford was arrested March 14, 2019 at the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Bruck said casino security recognized Lunsford from Facebook posts by police.
Lunsford has an active warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to Detective Sgt. Jamie Mays of the Fairfield Twp. Police Department. The fifth-degree felony charge was made because Lunsford allegedly took a gray 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck out of state.
Mays said Lunsford borrowed the pickup truck from a friend on March 9, 2019 and did not return it as agreed. He said Lunsford allegedly had the pickup truck for four days before the friend called police after trying to reach him.