CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville police credit the quick thinking of a Ft. Campbell soldier with helping them catch a man suspected of robbing a bank and possibly cracking a larger crime ring that includes pharmacy robberies in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
Police said the man, identified as Ted Morse, walked into the U.S. Bank in the 3300 block of Ft. Campbell Boulevard just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.
He told the teller he had a bomb in a backpack and demanded cash. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
A 20-year-old soldier followed the robber until he jumped a fence and got into a taxi van.
The soldier gave police a description of the van and its direction of travel.
Officers stopped the taxicab and short time later and arrested Morse.
Police say the investigation also links him and his brother, Terry, to Saturday's pharmacy robbery at the Walmart on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.
Police in Hopkinsville, Kentucky arrested Terry Morse for the holdup. He is awaiting extradition to Clarksville.
Police are also looking for a third suspect in the Walmart pharmacy robbery, Carson Lynn Poore.
Police in Oak Grove, Kentucky are also investigating if any or all of the men were involved in a robbery Sunday at the Walmart pharmacy in Oak Grove.
Ted Morse, 31, of Alpharetta, Georgia, was charged with aggravated robbery and booked into the Montgomery County jail on $50,000 bond.
Terry Morse, 42, of Oak Grove, has two pending aggravated robbery charges in Montgomery County.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
Poore, 42, was last known to live on Ryder Avenue in Clarksville.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Clarksville police.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
- Aug. 9, 2011: Man arrested after robbing bank, claiming to have bomb
- Aug. 7, 2011: Man wanted for robbing Walmart pharmacy