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Ex-cop tries to rob bank with no money
[Columbus, OH]

January 26, 2001
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Ex-cop tries to rob bank with no money
[Columbus, OH]

January 23, 2001, Tuesday, CITY EDITION
Copyright 2001 Dayton Newspapers, Inc.
Dayton Daily News
January 23, 2001, Tuesday, CITY EDITION

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- One small detail foiled the armed robber at the National City Bank: The branch never carries cash.

Harold Berry, 42, was charged with attempted robbery last week after allegedly walking into the loan application-only bank, opening a note and reading to the teller: ''Give me all your money. I have a gun.''

''Sir, we don't have any cash here,'' assistant bank manager Kathy Ross responded.

The bank robber, disguised in a baseball cap and fake ponytail, demanded Ross open all of the drawers before he fled empty-handed.

''He obviously didn't do his research,'' bank employee Tom Louters said.

Berry was arrested 40 minutes later in a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car.

He is a former police officer who was fired in 1996 after an off-duty, New Year's Eve brawl with an acquaintance.

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