Paying For College May Have Been Motive For Bank Robbery

Published: Jul. 19, 2007 at 11:29 AM EDT|Updated: Dec. 4, 2007 at 1:24 PM EST
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(READING, OH) -- Police say two college kids are behind a Tuesday bank robbery, and their possible motive is what's drawing attention.

As FOX19's Sara Gouedy explains, one of their mothers thinks mounting college bills may have driven them to crime.

Andrew Butler's mother, Franki, says it doesn't seem to her like her son could have robbed a bank.

"His dream was just to go back to the University of Toledo and he really wants to go back," said Franki Butler.

Butler is a theater major at the University of Toledo. Police say he conspired with longtime friend Christopher Avery to rob the Valley Central Savings Bank.

"He would say, you know, this money is due, and I'm gonna need more money with my roommate, we're getting a house, and I need my half of the money," said Franki Butler.

Christopher Avery, the other suspect, is an engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.

Butler and Avery appeared in court yesterday, where bond for both was set at $50,000.

The two were caught on Tuesday after the car they used to get away in after the robbery was spotted in the Lincoln Heights area. According to police, the two were brought in for questioning and admitted to committing the robbery. staff