A South Bend man, who has been a Registered Nurse in good standing since 1997, was allegedly moonlighting as a bank robber.
59 year old Dennis Carl Love was arrested two days after Christmas in Allegan County, Michigan after an attempted bank robbery in Martin.
Love has since confessed to several crimes, according to court documents, including two bank robberies and two attempted robberies.
“He’s the kind of guy that you would never think he’d do such a thing,” said Charles Mmadi, who has lived across the street from the suspect for at least seven years. “We’ve known him for a long, his family, his kids, so for him to do this, I don’t think, I still can’t believe it.”
Love has long lived in a modest South Bend home three doors down from Edison Intermediate School.
Charles Mmadi knows Dennis Love as a registered nurse who used to work for the now defunct Madison Center as an RN. Mmadi was amazed at the accusation that Love was doing some criminal moonlighting. “It was quite atrocious, he up until now, I still can’t believe it.”
According to court documents, Love told investigators that he bought clothes at Goodwill that he used during several robberies and attempted robberies.
There was a July 12th heist at the Farmer’s State Bank in Leesburg that netted some $3,000.
Then there was a September 25th robbery at the Honor Credit Union in Berrien Springs after which Love drove the getaway car directly to the Blue Chip Casino where he gambled some of the money away.
“Initial information which is basically on the surface at this point in time is that he potentially might have had a gambling problem or a potential addiction, and as he would run out of funds he would commit another one of the bank robberies,” said 1st Sgt. Chad Hill with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.
On December 27th, love was apparently seen outside a bank in Martin, Michigan putting on a mask.
Bank employees became suspicious, locked the doors, and got Love’s license plate number.
Love was eventually arrested in Plainwell, about 40 miles south of Grand Rapids.
Love’s neighbors weren’t the only ones surprised by the development. “We had followed up many multiple, different leads in our county as well as other agencies were all involved with this for some time now,” said 1st Sgt. Chad Hill. “He was not one of the particular names that we had actually looked at or had interviewed as a suspect.”
Hill concluded, “His need to rob banks actually surfaced again, we were very lucky it all worked out the way it did, played out in Michigan.”
Love told investigators that he carried a gun to all the robberies, but never showed it or had to use it. Love was taken into custody without incident.
Love also admitted to a September 14th attempted robbery of the Community Wide Federal Credit Union at Fir Road and S.R. 23. According to court documents, Love did not anticipate that the bank would have a glass partition between himself and the teller, and Love left the bank when the teller refused to hand over cash.
Court documents further indicate that searches of Love’s South Bend home and of an RV Love kept parked at his sister’s house in Edwardsburg yielded items believed to have been used in the robberies.