A wild week of burglary, clown masks, and manhunts over state lines landed a landscape worker in court this week. Todd R. Keith, who works for Bourne 2 Mow in Ypsilanti, Michigan, had his criminal rampage brought to an end earlier this month.
The week started with Brett Bourne, owner of Bourne 2 Mow, loaning Keith a red pickup truck and trailer. Two days later, Keith drove to his former place of employment, Arbor Care Tree Surgeon in Scio Township, Michigan. There, he stole a mini-skid excavator and stump grinder. Keith’s former boss recognized him when looking over the surveillance video.
The next day, Keith, still using Bourne’s truck, stole two shotguns from a Van Buren Township home. Using those guns and a clown mask, he later held up two banks. The federal complaint states that he took one teller’s driver’s license and told her that “he now knows where she lives…and if the money contained a dye pack or bait money, he would kill her family and children.”
After five more robberies—one of which had Keith open fire on police officers—and a carjacking, Keith was finally arrested at a barn just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been charged with bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime, which are punishable by up to 25 years in prison.