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Local man arrested in connection with bank robberies

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Months after banks in Sonora and Buffalo were robbed, Kentucky State Police have arrested a Campbellsville man in connection with the heists.

Joshua R. Spangler, 27, was arrested Friday afternoon on two counts of second-degree robbery. Police also served Spangler warrants for violating parole and theft by unlawful taking.

According to a news release from KSP Post 4, Spangler is a suspect in a Jan. 15 robbery at The Cecilian Bank in Sonora and a Feb. 27 holdup at Bank of Buffalo in Buffalo.

“Through photos released to the media, our detectives were able to generate tips,” Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory said Monday. “During a very thorough and complete investigation, these tips lead them to Mr. Spangler.”

Following the robberies, police released photos captured from the banks’ surveillance footage of the suspect and the vehicle and requested assistance from the public in identifying the man.

According to KSP, in both robberies, the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash. After receiving money, he fled the scene on foot.

In the second robbery at Bank of Buffalo, police reports stated the suspect’s note indicated he was armed.

According to citations, two tellers at The Cecilian Bank and a witness from the Bank of Buffalo have identified Spangler as the suspect.

Detective Jonathan Vaughn and Detective Chad Taylor are leading the ongoing investigations, according to the release.

Elizabethtown and Campbellsville police departments assisted KSP during the investigations.

Spangler is lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear Nov. 1 for a preliminary hearing in Hardin District Court.

According to records, Spangler was convicted in 2002 in Taylor County for second-degree robbery. Records show he also was found guilty in two 2005 cases in LaRue County for second-degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was released on parole Dec. 9, 2008, and the parole board issued an arrest warrant Sept. 5 for absconding supervision.