CINCINNATI – A former PNC vice president who pleaded guilty to robbing a Key Bank in Anderson Township to sustain his cocaine addiction was sentenced to 3 years in prison Tuesday morning.
Scott A. Runge was indicted on aggravated robbery charges after the Feb. 4 incident at the bank located at 8601 Beechmont Ave.
Runge told Hamilton County judge Melba Marsh he robbed the bank in order to support his $200 a night cocaine habit.
He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of Felony 2 robbery in a plea deal. He could only spend 6 months in jail if he receives drug treatment and maintains good behavior.
Police said Runge entered the branch location and presented a note to a teller stating he was armed and wanted money. He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Runge was once a vice president and regional sales manager at PNC Equipment Finance. He was laid off from that job, according to information released in his arraignment.
Public records show Runge filed for bankruptcy in 2005.
Mark Combs was surprised when he turned on his television and saw his neighbor after the initial arrest.
"I imagine something is wrong in his life, he's in the down and outs or whatever,” Combs said. “I don’t know what he's doing."
Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Runge after a security camera image was released to the public.
"It seems like it's almost intentional . . .maybe that's where he wants to be - in jail," Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said.