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He Called in School Bomb Threats to Distract Police While He Robbed Bank

A man has pleaded guilty to a bizarre series of crimes involving a local bank and schools.

Timothy Iles, 33, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of first degree terroristic threatening, second degree robbery, and first degree persistent felony offender.

Iles's legal troubles began in March when he used a pay phone to call Kenton County Police Dispatch and reported bombs at Holmes High School in Covington and St. Agnes School in Ft Wright. The police distracted with those scenes, Iles then headed to the Citizens Bank in Ft. Wright's Valley View Plaza where he hid his face in a University of Kentucky hooded sweatshirt and robbed the place at gunpoint.

He would be captured ten days later in Campbell Co. on an unrelated charge.

"I've got to hand it to Covington Detective Jon Mangus and Ft. Wright Detective George Kruetzjans who really made quick work of a very difficult case," said Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said when Iles was indicted in March. "This is a perfect example of inter-agency cooperation and excellent police work bringing swift resolution to a very brazen and alarming case. It's bad enough when armed robbers terrorize bank employees, but in this case there were also two schools full of children victimized, not to mention their parents!"

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Leanne Beck has recommended a 20-year sentence. Iles will have to serve 10 years before being eligible for parole.

-Staff report

Photo: Timothy Iles (via Kenton Co. Detention Center)