Monroe, Warren County detectives compare notes in bank robberies

At about 1:55 p.m. Feb. 9, the U.S. Bank on North Main Street in Monroe, just a few blocks from the police station, was robbed by a man who displayed a gun, demanded money, and then fled with the cash, according to Monroe Police. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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At about 1:55 p.m. Feb. 9, the U.S. Bank on North Main Street in Monroe, just a few blocks from the police station, was robbed by a man who displayed a gun, demanded money, and then fled with the cash, according to Monroe Police. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Two robberies Thursday afternoon had detectives in Monroe and Warren County comparing notes, but officials do not believe the same suspect was involved in the two heists.

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At about 1:55 p.m. Thursday, the U.S. Bank on North Main Street in Monroe, just a few blocks from the police station, was robbed by a man who displayed a gun, demanded money, and then fled with the cash, according to Monroe Police.

About an hour later, a man robbed the New Horizons Credit Union on East Forest Avenue in South Lebanon. The robber, wearing a dark hoodie and ski mask, entered the building at about 2:43 p.m., demanded cash, and fled with a large amount of money in a bag, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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Lt. John Faine of the sheriff’s office said detectives from Warren County did contact Monroe police shortly after the robbery to determine if there was a connection, but further investigation determined the suspects are not the same person.

“We have video of our guy casing the bank at the same time the Monroe (robbery) happened,” Faine said.

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Both law enforcement agencies say detectives are continuing to investigate the robberies.

The subject from the Monroe bank robbery fled on foot, and a Butler County Sheriff’s Office dog searched the area and tracked the scent to Ohio Avenue, where it was lost, police said. He may have gotten into a vehicle parked near the bank, according to police.

Monroe police described the suspect as a white man wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded sweatshirt and a face covering. Anyone with information should call police at 513-360-2206.

The Warren County suspect is described as a white man, standing 6 feet, 2 inches, with a thin build and blue eyes. Anyone with information should call Lt. John Faine at 513-695-1522.

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