3 Columbus Banks Robbed In 1 Day


UPDATED: Wednesday February 6, 2013 10:17 AM

Authorities are searching for information about three separate bank robberies on Tuesday.

According to the FBI, the first robbery occurred at the Chase Bank, located at 1500 W. 5th Ave., at 9:26 a.m.

A man entered the bank dressed in a black coat with the hood up and a black mask and flashed a silver semi-automatic handgun. The man jumped on the teller counter and demanded money. The man was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds with a small build.

The second bank robbery occurred at the Kemba Credit Union, located at 4311 N. High St., at about 1:10 p.m.

Authorities said a light-skinned black male wearing a gray coat with the hood up, a scarf covering his face and black and red ski gloves entered the bank and demanded cash. He drove away in a white Ford pick-up truck with an Ohio license plate.

The third robbery involved a man who has been dubbed the “Bad Beard Bandit” because of his suspected involvement in at least six area bank robberies.

The man entered the United Mid-West Savings Bank, located at 4848 Reed Rd., at about 1:17 p.m. and demanded cash and implied he had a weapon.

He is described as white, wearing a fishing or fedora hat with sunglasses and a fake beard.

In all three cases, the robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-4600 or the FBI at 614-224-1183.

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