Clark County

Woman charged in Winchester bank robbery that occurred 12 years ago

Samantha Ann Rice, 41, was charged with robbery of a Winchester bank in 2002.
Samantha Ann Rice, 41, was charged with robbery of a Winchester bank in 2002.

With help from the Powell County Sheriff's office, Winchester police charged a Clay City woman in connection with a 12-year-old bank robbery. A second suspect is still at large.

Samantha Ann Rice, 41, was taken into custody on an indictment warrant Monday by Powell County deputies, said Winchester Police Capt. James Hall. Winchester police charged Rice with first-degree robbery, and she was lodged in the Clark County jail.

During a Powell sheriff's office drug investigation, an informant disclosed information about the Dec. 18, 2002, robbery of Community Trust Bank branch in Winchester Plaza shopping center.

The sheriff's office passed the information along to Winchester police, who in turn re-interviewed bank employees and witnesses who remembered the robbery.

During the robbery, a male suspect went to a teller and pulled up his shirt to reveal a handgun tucked in his waistband, Hall said. A woman accompanying the man wore a red or orange hat, witnesses told police in 2002. The two left in a brown 1980s Oldsmobile or Buick.

About $2,000 was taken in the robbery, Hall said.

At the time, police looked at whether the Winchester robbery was related to the robbery the day before of a Fifth Third Bank in northern Jessamine County. But Hall said there is no information connecting Rice and the male suspect to the Jessamine County robbery.

The male suspect, whose name Hall did not release, is believed to be living in another state.

As of Wednesday morning, a bond had not been set for Rice.