Photos Show Bank Robbery During Possible Diversion


UPDATED: Monday August 4, 2008 1:38 PM

The FBI on Thursday released photos taken inside an Athens County bank being robbed earlier this week.

The photos showed a man dressed in black and carrying a rifle and large black bag inside the Hocking Valley Bank, located at 2511 Cemetery St.

According to the FBI, the man ordered tellers at gunpoint to place money from their teller drawers into the bag.  Once he received the money, police said that he fled the area in a gray or silver Chevrolet Tahoe or Trailblazer.

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Several hours before the robbery, two devices, believed to be pipe bombs, were found at nearby post offices, 10TV News reported.

Police and the FBI said they believe it is possible that the devices were left by the robber as a diversion to attract the attention of law enforcement away from the bank.

The robber was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and with a thin build who was wearing a black toboggan, goggles, a black vest, blue jeans, and dark shoes. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Athens County Sheriff's Office at 740-593-6633 or the FBI at 740-593-6473. 

Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for additional information.

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