"Girlhunt" intensifies in Symmes Twp. after bank robbery

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

SYMMES TWP, OH (FOX19)-  Hamilton County Sheriffs Deputies are looking for two young girls who allegedly robbed a bank in Symmes Township Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators said one girl is described as approximately 12 years old and the second girl is between 14-15 years old.

Sheriff deputies said the pair walked into the First National Bank on Fields Ertel Road at 3:19 p.m. Authorities said the two girls handed the teller a note, threatened the teller's safety and demanded cash. Police said the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, including bait money which can be tracked. Deputies said the girls then ran through the parking lot in an easterly direction. Police dogs tried to track the pair, but they couldn't find them.

Police broadcasts say the pair implied they had a weapon but they didn't show one.

Deputies said one employee was inside the bank at the time of the robbery. There were no customers inside. Police said the teller was not injured.

Neighbors are shocked by the incident.

"So if they're doing stuff like that now," said Patty Edmonson. "What are they going to do next? That's kind of the concern with me. You know if they're that brazen to just go into a bank and rob it, what next?"

Resident Michael Brown agreed.

"I am absolutely amazed that would happen here in this township," Brown said. "It's unbelievable."

If caught and convicted, deputies said the girls could face time behind bars for aggravated robbery charges.

The suspects are described as:

1) Female, black, between 14-15 years old, between 5'4 -5'5, heavy build, wearing blue jeans, a black knit cap and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.

2) Female, black, approx. 12 years old, between 5' -5'2, thin build, wearing blue jeans, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers: (513) 352-3040 or text Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3050. You can also call the Hamilton Co. Sheriffs Office: (513) 825-1500.

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