DNA Leads Conway Police to Bank Robbery Suspect Jailed in Illinois

Detective has napkin found in abandoned getaway car tested for clues.
Suspect's vehicle, found in Lowe's parking lot
Suspect's vehicle, found in Lowe's parking lot
Suspect's vehicle, found in the Lowe's parking lot
Suspect's vehicle, found in the Lowe's parking lot
CONWAY, AR - DNA left behind on a napkin found after a Conway bank robbery late last year has led police to a suspect in the holdup.

Conway Police say Curtis Burrow, 66, of Indiana is the prime suspect in the September 1, 2012 bank robbery of the Centennial Bank on Donaghey Avenue.

Burrow is behind bars in Illinois and charged with two bank robberies there. 

Police say the DNA evidence shows Burrow to be the sharply dressed man caught on surveillance cameras robbing the teller at gunpoint. He left the scene in a vehicle later found abandoned in the Lowe’s parking lot by Police Chief AJ Gary. The napkin was found inside.

Detective David Short later learned the suspect bought a pickup truck in Damascus the day before the robbery and was seen leaving with another man.  

“The leads pointed to people here in Arkansas but my gut told me this guy was from out of state,” says Short.

The napkin was one of only two pieces of evidence the robber left behind. It was sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis.

“To be honest I wasn’t sure this would yield anything or that this case would be solved but it wouldn’t be from lack of trying, I intended to exhaust every option,” Detective Short says.

Burrow is a former businessman said to have started a bank robbery spree after losing his business. More digging by Detective Short led to the discovery that Burrow had admitted to at least one of the Illinois bank robberies with which he is charged. One of those holdups took place a month after the Conway heist.

“Obviously we are happy to learn that an arrest has been made; we have nothing but respect for Detective Short and the Conway Police Department for the way they handled this case and previous cases” says Centennial Bank's Eric King in expressing the bank’s gratitude for Short’s hard work and dedication.
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