Erlanger PD arrests suspect in 3 bank robberies

Posted at 9:15 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 06:52:24-05

ERLANGER, Ky. -- Sometimes you're good, sometimes you're lucky, and sometimes you're a little bit of both.

Erlanger Police Sgt. Jon Sterling said a combination of police work, tips and good timing led him to a man suspected in three bank robberies this week.

The first robbery was reported Monday afternoon at a BB&T Bank on Dixie Highway in Erlanger; the second was Wednesday morning at a U.S. Bank branch inside a Fort Mitchell Rempke store; and the third was Thursday afternoon at a Fifth Third branch in Covington.

Photos from the Erlanger robbery

Photos from the Covington robbery

From photos of the robbery suspect, police got tips on who he might be. Sterling said, as he was headed home Thursday night, he was driving near where one of those suspects lived. Sterling said he pulled off into a car wash parking lot to look at some of the information about the man -- and by coincidence, the man drove right by him in the vehicle described in the robbery reports.

"The moment his face met mine, I knew it was him," Sterling said.

He followed Zachary Prince, 35, back to his home on May Street in Elsmere, where Prince was arrested. He was booked into the Kenton County Jail late Thursday on a count of first-degree robbery.

Sterling said police also secured Prince's vehicle and home.