Police Say Indianapolis Bank Manager Set Fire to Hide Theft

May 8, 2009

Indianapolis, Ind., police say an assistant bank manager bungled an attempt to cover up his theft by locking his keys inside the vault after setting a fire there.

Police arrested 31-year-old Dwayne Roberts on arson and theft charges.

Police Sgt. Matthew Mount says Roberts had apparently been stealing money from a Fifth Third Bank branch on the city’s northwest side for several months.

Police say Roberts tried to hide his theft by setting a fire in the vault before closing the branch Wednesday. But police say as Roberts left the vault, he dropped his keys and locked them inside.

Bank officials have not yet determined how much money is missing, but investigators reported finding $6,000 in the trunk of Roberts’ car.

Roberts was being held Thursday in the Marion County Jail.

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