May 6, 2009
On Wednesday, May 6th, at approximately 5:15 p.m., the IMPD Arson unit was dispatched to the Fifth Third Bank at 5692 Georgetown Road on the report of a suspected arson fire set in the vault of the bank. During the course of the investigation, the assistant manager Dwayne Roberts, a 31, was questioned and subsequently arrested for arson and theft. It appears Roberts has been stealing money from the bank vault for several months. The bank has confirmed a large amount of money is missing, but has not determined how much at this point. Recovered from Roberts¿¿¿ truck was $6,000 in cash which he stated he had taken.
There were some complaints of a smokey odor by some of the employees yesterday. Roberts felt it was an opportunity to cover up his past thefts and sent everybody home early. He then set a box of money inside the vault on fire and was planning on leaving the bank with the fire burning. However, when he had set the fire, he had dropped his keys and then locked them inside the vault after shutting the interior door. Without his keys to leave, he called 911 to report a fire in the bank.
During the response to the fire, several things appeared suspicious and the arson unit was called to respond.
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