Ky. nabs suspect in bank robberies in 5 states


BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Police in Kentucky have arrested a Michigan man suspected of robbing banks in five states.

FBI officials in Indianapolis told The Kentucky Enquirer that 47-year-old Beaver Bernard Russell of Benton Harbor, Mich., is suspected of robbing banks in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin (

Russell was arrested in northern Kentucky last week after police say he robbed two banks there. Boone County Sheriff's spokesman Tom Scheben says tellers at one bank were able to put a GPS tracking device in with the money that was taken, which helped officers track down the suspect.

Police say they captured Russell when he wrecked the car he was driving after a 50-mile chase through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

Russell is being held at the Boone County jail, which did not list an attorney for him.

In each robbery, the description of the suspect and the vehicle matched that of Russell and the white Nissan Maxima he was driving when Kentucky authorities caught up to him.

He is accused of robbing the Huntington Bank and the Central Bank in Kentucky before leading officers on a chase that ended only after police used stop sticks to blow out the vehicle's tires.

Kentucky authorities have charged Russell with robbery. He is scheduled to appear in Boone District Court on Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Indiana is pursuing federal charges against Russell, the newspaper reported.

It wasn't Russell's first brush with the law.

He pleaded guilty in 2002 in Michigan to receiving or concealing stolen property worth more than $20,000 and received a prison sentence of three to 10 years, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections. He was paroled in March 2008 on the conditions that he not leave the state and not drive without his parole officer's consent. His parole would have ended next month.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,