Two women arrested after bank robbery

Two women — one of whom police said disguised herself as a man — were charged in connection with the Wednesday robbery of a Danville bank.

Retta Dennis, 31, and Becky Metcalfe, 32, both of Frankfort, were charged with first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence, said Danville Police Chief Jay Newell.

"This was the first time that our suspects have been women in a bank robbery," Newell said. "We've had women that have used makeup and have tried to conceal themselves, not necessarily their gender, in other robberies like pharmacies and businesses. But it's not very often, that I'm aware of, that women have targeted banks."

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., a robbery was reported at Lawrenceburg National Bank off the U.S. 150 Bypass on Danville's west side.

Newell said the robber entered the bank wearing a fake dark mustache, a stocking cap and sunglasses. Newell wouldn't say which woman entered the bank, but he said the robber held out a note to a teller "and indicated not to put any dye packs in the money, that it was a robbery and there was a weapon involved, though no weapon was seen or recovered," Newell said.

About 30 minutes later, Newell, who was driving on Perryville Road near the bank, was alerted by Perryville Police Chief Charlie Parks that a car matching the vehicle description from the robbery was headed toward Newell.

Newell pulled the car over with the backup of Parks and Boyle County Deputy Sheriff Marty Elliott, and took the two suspects into custody.

"It was very good teamwork that led us to get them picked up so quickly," Newell said. "We couldn't have done it without all the other law enforcement agencies pitching in to help."

Dennis and Metcalfe remain in the Boyle County jail without bond.