Authorities investigate string of bank robberies in central Ohio

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There’s a new development in the search for a possible serial bank robber. Sunbury police officer Craig Landis says the man caught on surveillance cameras robbing the Middlefield Bank Monday afternoon might be the same man who robbed a Chase Bank in Columbus earlier that morning.

Surveillance images from both robberies show a man wearing blue jeans, cream colored button-up sweater and a camouflage colored baseball cap. The Middlefield Banking Company at 492 West Cherry Street was robbed at 12:35 pm Monday. The Chase Bank at 3655 North High Street in the north Columbus neighborhood of Clintonville was robbed at 9:48 am the same day.

Chase Bank Robbery 5-15-17

At 1:30 p.m. Monday, a third bank was robbed in central Ohio. This time, it was the U.S. Bank in Marengo. Images from the bank surveillance show a man wearing different clothing – a red ball cap and a blue Adidas wind breaker with 3 white stripes down the sleeve.

Police say he may be an accomplice to the first man and the two could be working together.

“There’s no hard evidence, but certainly the pictures match,” says Officer Landis of the robbery involving Sunbury and Columbus.

Landis says the connection with Marengo is possible due to the timing and location of both banks, which are only 12 miles apart.

CrimeTracker 10 took a closer look at all 13 robberies that have taken place this year in central Ohio. Nine of those robberies took place during off-peak hours. FBI agents have told CrimeTracker 10 in the past that peak hours usually happen right when a bank opens (between 7-9 am) and the 12-noon lunch hour.

There could be a trend shift in bank robbery locations as well. Traditionally, police have said bank robbers prefer locations that are close to easy highway access. However, CrimeTracker 10 plotted all 13 robberies, and found many of the bank locations scattered from suburban roads to main streets.

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