MANSFIELD – City police Chief Ken Coontz sympathizes with victims of bank robberies.
“Imagine being a teller or a customer and having guns pointed right at you,” he said. “It’s Hollywood style. That tells you what their mentality is.”
Coontz was referring to three local men, including two brothers, who were arrested in connection with two bank robberies that happened a month apart.
Caleb Lambert, 21; Kyle Tesca, 20; and Kollin Tesca, 19, have each been charged with one count of aggravated robbery.
Mansfield police announced the arrests at a press conference Monday morning. Police believe the suspects are responsible for a Dec. 15 robbery at Richland Bank and a Jan. 15 robbery at Chase Bank on Lexington Avenue.
Kollin Tesca was arrested Thursday night locally, while Lambert and Kyle Tesca were arrested Friday in Miami Beach, Florida.
“I’m glad to put an end to this crime spree,” Richland Bank president John Brown said. “They had shown a willingness to do it again.”
Police declined to release details, but said more charges could be forthcoming.
“This is a momentous occasion,” Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker said. “I want to commend all the law enforcement agencies that were involved in the apprehension of violent criminals that come to Mansfield.”
Theaker had a message for such people.
“We will find you,” the mayor said. “We will track you down.”
I hate to point this our Mayor Theaker, but the above highlighted comment by Mansfields Chief of Police depicts you are spinning this again!!!!
Yes, we can thank the FBI, U.S.Marshalls office and MOST IMPORTANTLY the Citizens who called in the tips saying they too have had enough.
***The funniest part of your ridiculous comment is ” in the apprehension of criminals who come here” – had me rolling on the floor. Most of our criminals COME FROM MANSFIELD, as you see like many other Mansfielders they only robbed to get out of here! Funny part is THEY CAN’T HIDE IN FLORIDA!!!! Surely if they would have stayed here you would still be looking for them?
A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT FOR THESE CITIZENS WHO WILL NO LONGER REMAIN SILENT – THANK YOU!!! – MP!!!
Now lets see what the 10 commandments, Pill Popping Judge, and the NEWEST edition Judge who’s signed legal sham process documents will do to assure they are locked away for a long, long time? – NO DEALS PLEASE!!!!
Police credited tips from residents for helping crack the case, which came together late last week with the arrest of Kollin Tesca.
Coontz said tips led to four search warrants, at 116 Brushwood, 161 N. Trimble Road, 1280 S. Main St. and on station.
The search warrants led to three arrest warrants and the apprehension of the suspects. Coontz appreciated the arrests of Lambert and Kyle Tesca in south Florida.
“They were enjoying a vacation on Miami Beach,” the chief said. “I’m very happy that we were able to disrupt that vacation.”
That’s where the other agencies came in. Mansfield police received help from the FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force.
“It’s never just one agency when you have something that’s this large-scale,” Coontz said.
Police Lt. Rob Skropits credited Sgt. Ken Carroll and FBI special agent Brian Yingling for their work on the case. Skropits also praised the task force.
“You can call them at 2 in the morning and ask them for help,” he said.
Skropits said the Florida fugitives were in custody less than 24 hours later.
In the Dec. 15 robbery at Richland Bank, 460 W. Cook Road, two masked men showed weapons shortly before 5 p.m.
“Everyone’s doing OK and very relieved to hear the news,” Brown said. “It kind of puts some closure on the event.”
The scenario was similar in the Jan. 15 robbery at Chase Bank, 1094 Lexington Ave. Two masked men entered the bank and demanded the tellers get on the ground.
“I don’t know what I would do under those circumstances,” said Brian FitzGibbon, interim assistant chief for the U.S. Marshals. “I wish them the best in their recovery.”
FitzGibbon referred to the suspects as “savages.”
“When you are in an elevated type of crime that includes violence, it gets your attention,” Coontz said. “Violent crime is something that you can’t tolerate as a community.
“The message today is that Mansfield is very precious to us. We will not tolerate this violence.”
Kollin Tesca is being held in Richland County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond. His brother and Lambert are in custody in Florida, awaiting extradition.
“They’re off the street and in jail,” Skropits said. “That’s where they need to be.”