Bank robbery suspect caught


By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Police captured the man alleged to have robbed the Huntington National Bank at 556 Main St. in Groveport on July 1.

Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier said the man, along with two other male suspects, were arrested by Dublin Police after allegedly robbing the Heartland Bank in Dublin on July 8. He said the suspects were allegedly working out of the Dayton/Centerville area and could possibly be linked to other bank robberies.

Portier said the Groveport Police worked with multiple law enforcement agencies – including Dublin, Gahanna, and London – to help catch the suspects.

“We knew who the suspect (of the Groveport bank robbery) was within 23 hours,” said Portier. “Our officers and detectives pursued this and didn’t let go of it.”

According to the Groveport Police, the suspect in the July 1 Groveport bank robbery was a white male between 20 to 30 years old, with brown hair, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, and weighing around 180 to 220 pounds. He was wearing a plain black t-shirt, cut off blue jean shorts, mirrored aviator sunglasses, and an American flag bandanna, when he entered the front door of the Huntington 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 then fled out the rear door of the bank. It appeared the suspect did not have a weapon and there were no injuries. Groveport officers were in the area and responded quickly, but the suspect was gone from the scene when they arrived.

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