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Suspect accused in nine robberies
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Police from Cincinnati to Dayton and Columbus saw bank robber photos so clear, someone finally recognized the man.
Officers arrested Michael Hay outside Columbus after publicizing a security photo of him robbing a bank in Grove City. Convicted bank robber Michael Hay got out of prison early in June, by December he was photographed robbing a bank in Mt. Washington. Whether he was there or robbing a bank in Dayton or Columbus, where he is from, he never hid his face or wore gloves.
In the Cincinnati Police Financial Crimes Office, detectives tracked the robber without a mask or a gun as he moved from bank to bank to bank staring in Cincinnati.
Detective Mark Peters of the Cincinnati Police said, "Within a week he was in Huber Heights then Vandalia, Ohio. Then he came down south of Dayton to Springboro."
His last known robbery was a Chase Bank in Mason last week. You can see him in line tapping his foot on security footage. The line was a little long for a bank robber. He seems impatient, but not nervous.
Confident and successful with a pretty simple method of operation. He calmly pulls out his wallet, opens it to show the teller a note inside that says, "This is a bank robbery give me your money and no one will get hurt."
Detective Peters said, "Once get started with something like this, maybe the first time you get a little nervous, second time not as nervous. When you do it once a week it's almost like, 'hey honey, I'm going to work.'"
Hay was arrested in a Columbus apartment right where a Crime Stoppers tipster said he would be.
You may recall we told you about another serial bank robber Monday night at 11p.m. A suspect wearing a bullet-resistant vest used a gun in four Cincinnati area banks. He has not been caught, so if he looks familiar you can cash in on the information by calling Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.