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Prolific robber advises Hire more security guards
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (3/12/08)--Credit unions and financial institutions need to take one significant action to thwart robbers, according to an experienced thief: Hire more security guards. Rennell Baker, who is facing a possible 180 years in prison for committing seven banks heists, told the South Bend Tribune he always avoids financial institutions with security guards, and he doesn’t understand why more financial institutions don’t have them (Associated Press March 10). Baker, who stole more than $26,000 from financial institutions between December 2006 and October 2007, according to court documents, is set to be sentenced April 8. Baker is one of the most prolific bank robbers in the South Bend area in a long time, police said. Security guards, however, don’t necessarily mean a credit union won’t be robbed. And if a robber is brazen enough to commit a robbery with an armed guard present, safety may become an issue. In the past four years, seven incidents involving security guards and shootings at credit unions were reported in News Now. In the most recent, Devarence Damon Kimbrough, 22, of Elkhart, Ind., was shot during an attempted armed robbery of Berrien Teachers CU Jan. 18. He died later at a hospital (Niles Daily Star Jan. 21). Kimbrough was one of two men who entered the credit union and exchanged gunfire with a security guard (Tribune Jan. 18). Earlier this week, a second suspect in the shootout was arrested (WSBT-TV March 11). Glenn M. Dooley-Porter was apprehended Sunday at a motel in Elkhart, Ind., and charged with armed robbery.
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