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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 22, 2017

Getaway Driver Sentenced In Leawood Bank Robbery

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Kansas City man was sentenced Monday to 52 months for a robbery at a Leawood bank, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

 

Chad English, 43, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted he drove the getaway car during an Aug. 24, 2016, robbery at Central Bank of the Midwest at 4801 Town Center Drive in Leawood. Co-defendant Terry Lovelady, 58, Kansas City, Mo., went into the bank and gave the clerk a note saying, “Hurry up. Put the $$ in the bag. No funny bizz.” He left the bank with stolen money and a hidden tracking device.

 

Police followed the tracking device to locate the getaway car where it was stopped at a traffic light at 119th Street and Glenwood. The robbers led police on a chase, running red lights, cutting off other drivers and reaching a speed of 90 mph. The robbers crossed into Missouri before stopping the car and fleeing on foot. Officers tackled English. Lovelady was found hiding in a hospital parking garage.

 

Lovelady pleaded guilty and he is set for sentencing July 31.

 

Beall commended the FBI, the Leawood Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton for their work on the case.

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Updated May 22, 2017