Bank robbery in Groveport

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By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

The Groveport Police released this surveillance photo of the suspected bank robber.
The Groveport Police released this surveillance photo of the suspected bank robber.

The Huntington National Bank located at 556 Main St. in Groveport was robbed on July 1.

Groveport Police Sgt. Brian Thompson said  the suspect is a white male between 20 to 30 years old, and between 5’9” and 6 feet tall.

According to the Groveport Police report, the suspect, wearing a plain black t-shirt, cut off blue jean shorts, mirrored aviator sunglasses, and an American flag bandanna,  entered the front door of the bank near closing time around 5 p.m. He approached a teller stating he wanted to make a withdrawal. When the teller responded that he needed to see his identification the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding cash. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect then fled out the rear door of the bank and possibly headed north.

Thompson said officers were in the area and responded quickly, but the suspect was gone from the scene when they arrived.

“We don’t know if he had a car waiting for him or if he fled on foot. There were no witnesses at the rear of the bank to see where he went,” said Thompson, who added there is not a camera at the rear of the bank that could show where the suspect went.

Thompson said it appears the suspect did not have a weapon and there were no injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

“Groveport is growing and with growth sometimes you have things like this happen,” said Thompson of the bank robbery. “The best thing is that no one got hurt.”

Groveport Police Officer and police historian Ernie Bell said the last bank robbery in Groveport was in the mid-1980s when a robber used a fake bomb to rob the bank. Prior to that, the bank was also robbed in 1973.

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