Serial bank robbery suspect blames heroin addiction

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Man is now in custody, may face federal charges

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m. (Jan. 3, 2017)

A man federally charged for recent bank robberies blamed his addition to heroin for his actions, according to federal court documents.

Michael J. Stathas, 33, confessed to robbing the Key Bank on Whipp Road on Dec. 29, according to a complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Stathas is also connected to the attempted robbery of a Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 29 on Far Hills Avenue.

The complaint, written by an FBI special agent, details that Stathas proceeded towards the teller counter but that he was scared of the security guard so he left the bank.

Stathas is scheduled for a detention hearing in federal court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

UPDATE @ 2:39 p.m. (Dec. 30):

Cruiser camera video from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office shows deputies spot a suspected serial robber accused of robbing the same Fifth Third Bank in Kettering twice and a Key Bank in Washington Twp.

The video shows the driver, Michael Stathas, 33, lose control before deputies were able to arrest him.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (Dec. 29):

A 33-year-old man who now has a Springboro address is jailed tonight in connection to the Key Bank robbery today in Washington Twp.

Michael J. Stathas was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felony robbery following the bank heist around 1:10 p.m. at 20 W. Whipp Road. Stathas was arrested after he wrecked his car in the area of Ohio 741 and East Dixie Drive in Moraine and tried to run, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they were able to track him following the bank robbery because a teller placed a GPS device with the cash.

Deputies said the Key Bank robbery may be connected to the Friday robbery and Monday attempted robbery of the Fifth Third Bank, 4120 Far Hills Ave., in Kettering.

RELATED: Robber strikes again at same Fifth Third Bank, police say

Stathas was convicted in the Nov. 8, 2014, robbery of that same Fifth Third Bank in Kettering, according to online Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records.

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Michael J. Stathas (Montgomery County Jail)
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Michael J. Stathas (Montgomery County Jail)

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One person is in custody after he allegedly robbed Key Bank, 20 W. Whipp Road, and wrecked his vehicle while trying to get away.

The suspect was taken into custody after trying to run from his wrecked vehicle in the area of Ohio 741 and East Dixie Drive.

A Washington Twp. deputy tells us they were able to track the alleged robber after he left the bank because of a GPS tracking system that was placed with the cash.