Ardmore bank robbed, 2 in custody

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 11:36 AM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Police say two teenaged girls robbed a bank in Ardmore Tuesday morning.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. when a girl walked into the Simmons Bank on North Commerce Street and showed tellers a note demanding money, saying she was armed.

Ardmore Police Captain Claude Henry said the bank handled the robbery perfectly.

“They obviously did what they had to do,” Henry said. “They gave the money up. The most important thing is that we got a really good description. That was a really good line of communication between the bank and our dispatch, which allowed us to narrow our search down for the suspect at large.”

Ardmore police found a car matching the description driving through a nearby neighborhood.

Charles Carr Jr. saw the suspects get pulled over and recorded it.

“I was visiting my sister looking out that window, and I saw the car got pulled over,” Carr said. “Five or six cop cars pulled over and they all ran to the car with their guns on them. Pulled two girls out of the car. I didn’t know what was going on. I thought it was drugs.”

Car said the suspects appeared to cooperate with police.

“I’m glad they didn’t get shot,” Carr said. “They had the guns out and ready. So they didn’t do anything and they didn’t get shot. Ardmore cops did pretty good.”

Police found some of the money stolen near 12th avenue and G street.

Henry said they were able to follow the money because there was a tracker inside.

“With any crime, there’s a risk reward factor,” Henry said. “Definitely with the way technology is working, with everything that businesses can do to protect themselves and to report to us what is occurring, whenever a heinous crime is being committed, the reward continues to go down. And the result of being caught is definitely not worth the risk anymore.”

More money was found in the car, but police are still investigating if it is connected to the robbery.

Henry said two suspects were arrested.

According to the Carter County Jail, Kaitlyn Woodward was booked for conjoint robbery.

Since the other girl was a minor, her name won’t be released unless she is tried as an adult.

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