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Springfield State Bank branch robbed

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Suspect remains at large

By Geoff Hamill

A Bardstown man is wanted in connection with Friday’s armed robbery of the Springfield State Bank branch on Bardstown Road in Springfield.

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According to Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong, a black male entered the bank at 1:47 p.m. Friday and handed a note to an employee demanding money. The note instructed the woman to put money in a bag, but said to not put a dye pack in the bag. The woman followed the instructions, and the man left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Armstrong said Capt. Paul O’Bryan and Sgt. Cliff Peek of the Springfield Police Department responded and were quickly able to use surveillance video of the suspect and contact area police in Bardstown to identify him as Ledrick Shontay Edwards, 29, of 131 Wilble Court in Bardstown.

The man fled the scene in a maroon 1998 Buick Park Avenue, according to Armstrong. He later abandoned the vehicle and left Bardstown in a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with the Kentucky license plate 181-BCM. He remains at large and faces charges of First Degree Robbery according to Armstrong, who said he should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 205 pounds. He was last known to be driving that same 2003 Chevrolet Suburban and is believed to be in the Louisville area.

When contacting other law enforcement officials in the area, Armstrong learned that Edwards had visited other banks in days leading up to the robbery, and even prior to the Springfield robbery earlier that day.

On Monday, Nov. 3, Edwards entered a bank in Mt. Washington. Employees noticed him acting suspiciously, but he made no attempt to rob the bank. He was seen at another bank in Mt. Washington on Friday at 11:25 a.m., acted suspiciously, then left in the maroon Buick without incident. At 1:20 p.m. he entered a People’s Bank branch in Lebanon, but again did not rob that bank. The Springfield State Bank branch was then robbed at 1:47 p.m.

Armstrong said the other banks that reported Edwards being at their locations each reported him acting suspiciously, but leaving due to customers being inside the banks at the time. There were no customers in the Springfield State Bank at the time of the robbery, according to Armstrong.

According to reports from The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown, Edwards was indicted Wednesday, Nov. 5 on charges of flagrant non-support. According to the indictment, Edwards failed to pay $1,080 in child support, and bond was set at $5,000 with that indictment.

Robbie Polin, president of Springfield State Bank, said he is glad no one was injured during the robbery. Polin said bank employees recently completed training to help deal with situations just like the one that arose Friday.

“We just went through training about a month ago. Keith Reed is our safety officer, and he has training once a year for employees, teaching them things to look for and what to do in case there is a hold-up,” Polin said. “Thankfully they knew exactly what to do, and they did it. Those people have been at the bank for a few years, and fortunately they had never had to go through anything like that before, but they did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

Anyone with information regarding Edwards’ whereabouts should contact Springfield Police at (859) 336-5450.