UPDATE: Two charged with aggravated robbery after Middletown credit union robbed

Two men were arrested today for their alleged involvement in the robbery of a Middletown credit union. CONTRIBUTED
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Two men were arrested today for their alleged involvement in the robbery of a Middletown credit union. CONTRIBUTED

UPDATE @ 10:09 a.m.

Two local men were charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and tampering with evidence for their alleged involvement in a robbery of a Middletown credit union Wednesday afternoon.

Jason Coolidge, 41, of Middletown, and Kevin Blackford, 42, of Franklin, were charged, and they will have their arraignments Friday morning in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court documents.

INITIAL REPORT, April 24, 5:41 p.m.

Two men were arrested today for their alleged involvement in the robbery of a Middletown credit union.

Middletown police said Jason Coolidge, 41, of Middletown, and Kevin Blackford, 42, of Franklin, were arrested.

Police were called at 2:45 p.m. today to a robbery at the Butler Heritage Credit Union, 660 N. University Blvd. The suspect handed the teller a note demanding “all of the money” and indicated he had a loaded gun and that he would shoot.

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After getting the money, the suspect fled. The teller told police that a few minutes before the robbery, another “suspicious person” had been inside the credit union.

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Jason Coolridge

Jason Coolridge
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Jason Coolridge

Middletown police checked area businesses and found a video of the robber getting into a truck with another individual and fleeing the area. The truck was spotted in the area of Tytus Avenue and Manchester Road, and it was stopped in the parking lot of Royal Pines Apartments.

Coolidge, the passenger in the truck, got out of the vehicle. Police said they found a wadded-up robbery note in his hand and “a bundle of money” in his pocket. Blackford was identified as the suspicious person who had been in the credit union prior to the robbery, police said.

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Kevin Blackford

Kevin Blackford
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Kevin Blackford

No court date has been set as charges are pending against both men.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steve Winters at 513-425-7786.

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