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Former cop indicted in string of robberies

Jacob Goodwin did not speak when he appeared in court. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) Jacob Goodwin did not speak when he appeared in court. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

A former police officer accused of robbing five businesses over the past month has been indicted 13 total counts of robbery and aggravated robbery. 

Jacob Goodwin, 30, is a former part-time police officer for Newtown, Elmwood Place and Aberdeen also worked at a UC Health security guard in 2014.

Goodwin is charged with four of five robberies in Cincinnati, Anderson Township and Norwood between March 22 and April 15.

An additional fifth charge is coming, detectives said.

The robberies were reported at:

  • United Dairy Farmers in the 7600 block of Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati on March 22
  • Speedway in the 5000 block of Batavia Pike in Anderson Township on March 22
  • CVS Pharmacy in the 3000 block of Madison Avenue in Cincinnati on March 30
  • Pearls Diner in the 3500 block of Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati on April 8
  • Speedway located in the 2700 block of Williams Avenue in Norwood on April 15

Surveillance video from all offenses show the same suspect using the same vehicle, authorities have said. The suspect also displayed or implied he had a gun during each robbery.

Investigators said several guns and police equipment such as protective, bulletproof vests were found when they searched his vehicle and home.

Goodwin's former fellow officers in Newtown turned him in, Police Chief Tom Synan said.

Newtown officers monitoring law enforcement intelligence websites noticed Goodwin's vehicle was used in several area robberies, Synan said.

That information was passed to investigators on the case.

It was later found the vehicle was owned and used by Goodwin and he was allegedly involved in the crimes, Synan said.

"Newtown Police officers responded to one of the robberies where Jacob Goodwin allegedly placed innocent and police officers, including those he used to work with lives in danger," the chief wrote in a prepared statement.

Goodwin is being held at the Hamilton County Jail on a $400,000 bond. 

He has no prior criminal record beyond a minor misdemeanor conviction, his lawyer said.

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