FBI seeking information on man who robbed Streetsboro First Merit Bank, Cleveland bank

by BOB GAETJENS | GATEWAY NEWS EDITOR Published:

The Cleveland Office of the FBI is seeking a man who is suspected of robbing Streetsboro's First Merit Bank in January and a Chase Bank branch in Cleveland April 3, according to Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers.

An image of the suspect in both robberies was captured by security cameras.

FBI Special Agent Vicki D. Anderson said there is a "high probability" the same man robbed both banks.

"We just wanted to get it back out into the public to see if we can get some tips," she said.

On Jan. 10, a man described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall and about 160 pounds robbed the Streetsboro First Merit, located at 9717 Route 14. On April 3, a man of the same description allegedly robbed the Chase Bank branch located at 10414 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland, according to an April 24 FBI news release.

Although the man also wore a full head mask depicting an elderly white male in both robberies, Anderson said the descriptions of the robber were very similar, as was the manner in which the robbery was carried out.

Anderson said the man handed tellers "somewhat threatening" notes informing them they were being robbed in both robberies.

Anderson said the robber did not steal a large amount of money in either case but declined to state exactly how much.

The man was not armed in either robbery, she said.

The Cleveland Office of the FBI asks those with information about the alleged robber in either robbery to call 216-522-1400. Reward money is available for information leading to the apprehension of the man, and tips can remain anonymous.

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