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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.



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