University of Kentucky employee is charged in connection with four Lexington bank robberies

jwarren@herald-leader.comJuly 28, 2012 

Crystal R. Little

Police arrested Crystal R. Little, 29, shortly after a bank robbery in Lexington on Saturday morning and charged her in connection with that robbery and three others dating to 2010.

Little, charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second- degree robbery, was being held in the Fayette County jail.

University of Kentucky spokeswoman Kathy Johnson said Little is employed at the university as an administrative support associate in the Office of Research Integrity. The office serves several review committees that monitor medical and non-medical research, including animal care and the use of radioactive research drugs. Little is a former Herald-Leader intern.

Developments leading to Little's arrest began unfolding shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, when police were called to investigate a robbery at a PNC Bank branch at 4080 Tates Creek Centre Drive.

Police said witnesses there told them that a woman demanded money, then drove away in a gold Toyota that had been parked in front of the bank. Police said the woman's face was covered by a pink toboggan, sunglasses and a surgical mask.

Following tips, police traced the Toyota to a home on Sugar Creek Drive, where Little was arrested.

In addition to Saturday's robbery, Little was charged in connection with robberies at a Forcht Bank on Southland Drive in June 2010, a Fifth Third Bank on Euclid Avenue in October 2010 and an American Founders Bank on Walden Drive in August 2011.

The pink toboggan, sunglasses and surgical mask allegedly used in Saturday's robbery matched descriptions from the earlier robberies, police said.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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