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October 9, 2012

Bank robbery suspect traced to strip club, arrested

By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer

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Bank robbery suspect traced to strip club, arrested
Todd Jason Kettler

A 37-year-old Rochester man has been arrested in connection with a Charter One Bank robbery in Southfield Oct. 4.

Police said they tracked the man, Todd Jason Kettler, to a Kalamazoo strip club. He was arraigned Oct. 9 by Magistrate Donna Posey of the 46th District Court and faces charges on multiple counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm and bank robbery.

He is being held at the Oakland County Jail on a $1 million bond.

On Oct. 4, just before 1 p.m., a man entered the Charter One Bank at 10 Mile and Telegraph roads.

According to Sgt. Brian Bassett of the Southfield Police Department, the suspect initially told the teller that he would like to make a withdrawal from his account.

He asked the teller if he could make the withdrawal using his ID, and she said yes.

“He placed his backpack on the counter at that time and removed a black handgun from the backpack,” Bassett said. “(The teller) just thought he was reaching to get his ID, and then he presented the gun.”

Kettler allegedly pointed the gun at the teller and demanded, “Give me all your money,” according to the report. Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department said they are not releasing how much money was stolen.  

Bassett said that once the suspect reached the parking lot after fleeing the bank, the red dye pack went off, just before he escaped in a silver-colored hatchback-style Ford Focus. This detail is what led police to Kettler, they said.

According to Loussia, on Oct. 7, a manager of a strip club in Kalamazoo Township contacted the local police department to tip authorities off that a man in his establishment was passing out money that was covered in red dye.

Officers from the Kalamazoo Township Police Department responded and interviewed Kettler, and they said they determined that he was the suspected bank robber from Southfield. Evidence from the robbery was recovered, according to Loussia, and the suspect was arrested by Kalamazoo officers and turned over to the Southfield Police Department.

Kettler’s next court date is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15, and he has requested a court-appointed lawyer.

 

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Jessica Strachan at jstrachan@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.