Detectives believe mom's boyfriend made teenagers rob bank

Surveillance video of the bank robbery back in January
Surveillance video of the bank robbery back in January

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SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19)  - It's been six months since the so-called "girlhunt" in Symmes Township, but detectives still haven't caught the two teenagers who robbed a bank there. Investigators now believe the pair had some help.

It all happened at the First National Bank off Fields Ertel Road back in January.

The crime was tough to believe then, and it's still tough to believe now. One suspect was a girl, possibly as young as 12 years old; the other suspect was captured on surveillance pictures. Hamilton County Sheriffs investigators said she's between 14 and 16 years old.

Authorities said the pair walked into a bank, handed the teller a note that suggested they had a gun, and the teller handed over $2,800. Detectives believe the girls walked out of the bank and ran steps away to a nearby apartment complex. K-9's tracked the girls to one unit. Investigators questioned the girls inside.

"I like to put it this way, I have a strong belief that I know who both of the girls are," said Det. Ken Schweinefus, lead investigator on the case . "But I don't have any physical evidence to back that up."

Investigators now also believe a man connected to the mother of the girls put the pair up to it, but detectives can't track him down.

Many residents in the complex recognized the girls. One woman we spoke with asked to be identified.

"One (girl,) I haven't seen for a while," said the woman. "The other kid is still here. Playing and doing their everyday thing."

"We're also dealing with fear," said Det. Schweinefus. "If the two are from that area, Mason Way Court over there, there may be some suspects that if they say anything, there may be retaliation."

The detective said they're looking for physical evidence, such as fingerprints. Investigators tested the note given to the bank teller, but they only found the bank teller's fingerprint on it.

If caught, the two teenagers face aggravated robbery charges and possibly kidnapping charges. Investigators said the accomplice could face the same charges.

Detectives said they've heard these girls are bragging about the crime so someone has heard something about the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers: 513-352-3040. You can remain anonymous.

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