Facial software tied man to Mount Clemens bank robbery

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A Detroit man was arraigned Monday after facial recognition software and tips from the public linked him to a bank robbery committed last week in Mount Clemens, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Kenneth Foster Ardis, 50, was arraigned in 41B District Court in Clinton Township on a bank robbery charge, which carries up to life in prison. He received a $500,000 cash or surety bond and remains incarcerated in the Macomb County Jail.

He is due back in court April 13.

Ardis was arrested April 1 in his hometown of Detroit after he allegedly stole an unspecified amount of money around 12:50 p.m. March 30 from a Talmer Bank & Trust at 100 North Main.

Officials released clear bank surveillance images that allegedly showed Ardis as he entered the bank and implied that he had a gun. Ardis then passed the teller a note, received the cash and fled the bank, officials said.

Bank surveillance images that allegedly showed Kenneth Ardis as he entered the bank and implied that he had a gun.

No weapon was seen during the robbery.

Ardis was arrested by a Macomb County sheriff detective working with a fugitive apprehension task force, officials said.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9412. CrimeStoppers of Michigan was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call (800) 773-2587 with tips.


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