Plastic bag leads police to bank robbery suspect

By Scott Harvey - bio | email
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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Some unusual clues and quick thinking by local detectives helped put a suspected bank robber behind bars after the the Chase Bank off 10th Street in Jeffersonville was held up. Of all things, it was a yellow Dollar General Store plastic bag that led to the arrest of a southern Indiana man. Police say it only took a few hours to track him down.

"Oh yeah, very quick," said Det. Todd Hollis with the Jeffersonville Police Department. "We are always happy if we can get a bank robber the same day."

According to Jeffersonville Police, 34-year-old Derrick Staser walked into the Chase Bank Saturday morning and gave the teller a note demanding money. After getting the cash, police say Staser put the money inside a Dollar General bag. Unfortunately for Staser, that bag set off a chain of events leading to his arrest.

"Just a little bit of hard work," said Hollis. "Our officers went in on that by chance to see if any of the employees at the grocery store recognized the picture from the surveillance. Sure enough they did."

Those inside the Dollar General Store told police Staser was a frequent customer, walking to and from the store. Hollis said officers started checking hotels in the area, which led them to the Scottish Inn just down the road.

"Witnesses there said they recognized the subject as had been staying there and in fact another witness said they had just seen him recently get into a cab," Hollis said.

Jeffersonville Police quickly contacted the cab company, who said the fare was still inside the cab, which was in Louisville. Jeffersonville officers called Louisville Metro Police, who found and arrested Staser.

"The suspect was still in some of the same clothing that he had on during the robbery," said Hollis.

Once he was caught, Hollis says Staser didn't even deny robbing the bank. "I think he made some kind of mention about hard times and that he had done it."

Hollis told us they're checking to see if Staser, who is originally from Corydon, Indiana, is responsible for any other crimes in the area. He is currently being held at the Clark County, Indiana jail.

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