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Bank robbed; suspect caught

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Grant County man tells police he robbed Town & Country to feed his hungry family

By Ben Carlson

It took all of two minutes for a pair of deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office to nab a Grant County man accused of robbing a Town & Country Bank branch Tuesday afternoon in Lawrenceburg.

Sgt. Greg Boblitt said he received a dispatch at 2:55 p.m., telling him that the branch at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Highway 62 had been robbed.

By 2:57, he and Deputy Brian Boggs had Jason W. Artip of 5510 Stewartville Road, Williamstown, under arrest and charged with second-degree robbery.

Boblitt said the key to nabbing Artip so quickly was that an eyewitness was able to call in with a description of the suspect, the make and model of his car, a license plate number and the direction in which he fled the scene.

“The eyewitness advised us that he was in front of Kroger on the Bypass and headed south,” Boblitt said. “We were coming off Highway 44 and headed that way, and were able to pull him over just before he got on the eastbound ramp of the Parkway.”

Boblitt said he and Boggs were able to recover an undisclosed amount of cash from Artip’s car, who gave them no trouble during his arrest.

Artip was transported to the Lawrenceburg Police Department to be interviewed then to Franklin County Regional Jail. He will likely be arraigned Wednesday morning.

During the interview, Boblitt said Artip told he already has a conviction for previously robbing a bank and that he did it again Tuesday to help take care of his family.

“He said he can’t get a job and his family’s hungry,” said Boblitt. “He said he was trying not to lose his car, his home or his family. He said that’s all he was trying to do.”

Boblitt said Boggs, the sheriff’s office’s newest deputy, gained some valuable experience in apprehending a bank robbery suspect.

“He’s only been out of the training academy for two weeks,” Boblitt said. “Stuff like this doesn’t happen very often, thank God.”

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.