UPDATE: Bank inside Kroger robbed, suspect caught

Man handed teller note, tripped alarm on way out back door

State Journal Staff Report, Published:

A Louisville man who robbed PNC Bank in the west side Kroger was caught while trying to exit the building.

Frankfort Police Department Maj. Fred Deaton said 39-year-old Steven Higgs handed a teller at the bank a note around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“In the note he implied that he was armed, and he demanded cash,” Deaton said.

Higgs headed toward the back of the store with an undetermined amount of cash, and as he tried to exit through a back door, an alarm went off alerting construction workers and employees, Deaton said.

Employees saw Higgs with a Kroger bag and thought he was a shoplifter so after struggling with him, they detained him until police arrived, Deaton said.

He is charged with first-degree robbery.

Higgs is also wanted in Jefferson County for two counts of second-degree robbery, second-degree escape, theft by failure to make required disposition of more than $500 in property and being a persistent felony offender.

He allegedly escaped from Louisville Metro Department of Corrections home incarceration program, Deaton said.

The teller windows of PNC Bank were closed late Tuesday morning, and a white sign reading, “This office is closed due to an emergency” sat in front of the bank.

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