Accused robber has habit of hitting Lexington banks and gas stations, police say

Surveillance photo from Versailles Road Fifth-Third Bank.
Surveillance photo from Versailles Road Fifth-Third Bank.

A man suspected of robbing two banks and a gas station last week was put in prison five years ago for taking money from a gas station and a bank.

Lexington police are searching for Kelly Ellsworth Cox, 35, who they suspect of robbing the Marathon gas station on North Broadway the night of July 19, a Forcht Bank branch on West New Circle Road the morning of July 20 and the Fifth-Third Bank on Versailles Road the morning of July 23.

Cox went to prison in 2011 for robbing the same Forcht bank and a gas station, according to court documents. On Dec. 29, 2010, he robbed the West New Circle Road branch of Forcht Bank. Cox demanded cash from the teller and implied that he had a weapon. Police chased him, and Cox crashed his vehicle into a light pole on West Fifth and North Broadway.

After a short chase on foot, police arrested him. He told police he had taken a large amount of illegal narcotics and he’d “had way too much” to drink, according to court documents. Cox also was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the accident.

Earlier the same day, Cox stole merchandise and a jar that had $146 in it from a Shell gas station on West New Circle Road. According to court documents, Cox told a Shell employee, “I’m going to take whatever I want, whether you like it or not.”

Cox pleaded guilty April 28, 2011. He was sentenced to five years on one robbery charge and two years on a second.

Cox was released on parole June 1, 2015.

Police ask that anyone with information about Cox’s whereabouts to call them at 859-258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be texted to police. Type “lexpd” plus the tip and send to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous information also can be submitted at or called in to 859-253-2020.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley