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Robbery suspect charged for act


January 15, 2014 | 08:35 AM

Lori L. Kiesler of Palmyra was processed into Harrison County jail Wednesday evening, Jan. 8, for allegedly robbing First Harrison Bank in Palmyra on Monday, Dec. 30.

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Lori Kiesler (click for larger version)
Kiesler, who formerly worked at the bank, faces charges of confinement and Class D felony theft.

A not-guilty plea was entered for Kiesler. A bail revocation/alteration hearing is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 a.m., and a pretrial conference is scheduled for March 10 at 1 p.m.

According to the police report filed by Det. Nick Smith of the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept., the suspect, now identified as Kiesler, entered the bank shortly after 10 a.m. wearing a blue surgical/dust mask. The bank teller who was approached by Kiesler said she was handed a printed/typed note claiming that the woman needed access to her safety deposit box. The teller said that, once inside the vault, the suspect handed her another printed/typed "robbery" note and pulled back her jacket, displaying a black handgun that was tucked in the waistband of her pants.

The bank manager told police that the suspect forced numerous employees into the vault by motioning them with a handgun. The manager recognized the suspect as the former bank employee, Kiesler.

The 51-year-old female was later located by police and confessed to the robbery. During the interview, she allegedly told police she had hidden the gun, clothing and money in a trashcan behind the bank. Police subsequently located a cigarette butt/ashtray-style trashcan outside the rear door of the bank.

"Within this trashcan, police found a Louisville Cardinals drawstring-style bag that contained a pair of gloves, a black in color Daisy brand bb-gun (handgun style), a hooded sweatshirt, a blue in color surgical/dust mask, synthetic stuffing, a long-sleeve shirt, a stocking cap and approximately $5,630," according to the probable cause affidavit.

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