By Jeff Gallatin
Law enforcement officials expect charges to be filed within a few days for the March 10 robbery of the North Olmsted PNC Bank branch at 4600 Great Northern Blvd. Officials note there is a possibility charges for other incidents could be filed as well.
FBI Special Agent Vicky Anderson said Monday the investigation is still ongoing, but said law enforcement officials are looking into the possibility that the two suspects caught by North Olmsted city police a few minutes after the incident may have been involved in other bank robberies as well.
Anderson said the North Olmsted robbery would handled in the federal courts.
North Olmsted officers were notified of the robbery at 9:16 a.m. A lone gunman wearing a black mask and hood walked into the bank, brandished a handgun at bank employees and demanded money. After the suspect left the bank, officials said he apparently got into a silver compact car with Indiana plates and left the bank area. A short time later, a shift commander saw the vehicle going west on Lorain Road at the intersection of Dover Center and Lorain roads. The officer followed the vehicle until backup arrived, allowing officers to stop the vehicle without problems at 9:21 a.m. The occupants were a 30-year-old man as well a female driver believed to be his girlfriend.
City officers detained the duo before they were turned over to the FBI, which is handling the investigation.
“That’s one for the good guys,” North Olmsted Detective Sgt. Bob Wagner said. “We’re glad we were able to get the suspects quickly and without further problems.”