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Prominent Cincinnati Businessman Accused of Bank Robbery

September 11, 1996

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A businessman who formerly ran a department store and later owned an upscale women’s clothing shop was accused of donning a ski mask and robbing a suburban bank branch at gunpoint.

Barry Miller, 60, former owner of the Gidding-Jenny store in downtown Cincinnati, was arrested Tuesday morning in the parking lot of an Amerifirst Bank branch in suburban Montgomery.

Police said Miller entered the bank wearing a mask, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He fled to the parking lot. In the meantime, a bank employee had set off a silent alarm, and Miller was arrested a short time later in his car.

No one was injured and no shots were fired.

Miller was jailed overnight on $100,000 bond on a state charge of aggravated robbery and use of a firearm during a crime.

Miller’s career started with Lazarus department stores. From Lazarus, Miller went to Sanger Harris in Dallas, another store in the Federated Department Store chain, where he remained until 1975 as executive vice president and general merchandise manager.

He was hired as president of an Elder-Beerman department store in Dayton in 1975. Three years later, he and his wife purchased Gidding-Jenny, an upscale women’s clothing store.

Miller sold the Gidding-Jenny business _ but not the building _ in 1987. The store later failed, and Miller then sold the building and it was turned into a small mall that opened in April. Miller was hired to manage the mall.

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