According to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Sheila McLaughlin, the “I-75 Bandits,” Bryan Freeze of Middletown (photo – left) and Wesley Moore of Columbus (photo – right) met in prison. Once released, the two criminals formed a partnership police contend.
Freeze and Moore were arrested last Wednesday, Jan. 19, after having the license plate of their getaway car identified by a witness just moments after they allegedly robbed the Batteries Plus in Liberty Township.
The press release of the arrest showed that the investigation of these accused robbers has produced evidence linking them to multiple aggravated robberies in Butler County since October 2010.
According to witnesses, shortly after the robbery took place, two white males entered the business brandishing a shotgun and demanding cash. Before leaving, the suspects forced employees and patrons into the restrooms and then fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Since they were allegedly forced into the restroom, Moore is facing the charge of kidnapping. Overall, Moore, who was also indicted Wednesday, Jan. 26, is facing eight counts of robbery, four counts of theft and six charges of kidnapping.
Freeze, who faces similar charges, is waiting for prosecutors to present his case to a grand jury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. (more…)