Like father, like son? Alleged bandit's dad arrested for bank robbery

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By Gayle Deaton

Shelbyville police say they are interested in the arrest of a Shelby County man who was charged with robbing the Central Bank on Harrodsburg Road at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kenneth W. Chandler, 47, of Shelbyville, was charged with first-degree robbery and having an expired operator's license.

According to the report, Chandler is accused of entering the bank, showing a handgun, and demanding money. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash before being stopped by police.

The point of interest for local police is that Chandler is the father of a 25-year-old Shelbyville man arrested last week and charged in a string of seven armed robberies in Shelbyville and Shelby County as well as in three armed robberies in Louisville.

Kenneth Wayne Chandler Jr. was arrested last week after Shelbyville Police and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office searched his Hill and Dale home.

The younger Chandler was identified as a possible suspect following the Dec. 24 robbery of Cox's Smokers Outlet in Middletown, the report said, at which point investigators from all three agencies began surveillance on him.

Witnesses described the suspect in a majority of the seven local robberies as a white male who wore a hoodie and a partial face mask who raised his shirt to show a silver handgun when he approached clerks to demand money, investigators said.

After investigators spent many hours observing Chandler and his activities, police said a search warrant was obtained Friday.

Evidence was recovered from Chandler's home that led to him being interviewed and then arrested, the report said.

Police Chief Robert Schutte said Wednesday his investigators are looking at the possibility the elder Chandler may have been involved in other robberies in the Shelbyville/ Shelby County area.