By Jeff Gallatin
Police are looking for a suspect in the Thursday afternoon robbery of the Fifth Third Bank branch at the intersection of Lorain and Canterbury roads in North Olmsted.
North Olmsted police Capt. Mike Kilbane said the robbery took place at about 3:30 p.m. when the culprit entered the bank, apparently alone.
“He approached a teller and handed the teller a note saying he should give him the money in the top and bottom drawers,” Kilbane said. “The teller did as he was instructed.”
Kilbane said the suspect was described as a white male, between the ages of 40 and 50, wearing a black hat, gray hoodie sweatshirt and oversized glasses. He also wore gloves and did not produce a weapon, police said. Since he wore gloves, law enforcement officials were unable to get any fingerprints.
After he took the money from the teller, the robber took the note back, left the branch on foot and was seen heading east, apparently on foot.
“Nobody saw any signs of him driving a car nearby or having somebody waiting for him that could be seen,” Kilbane said. “Our officers who arrived at the scene checked the area but didn’t see any signs of the robber.”
Police Chief Jamie Gallagher said several officers responded to the scene quickly.
“We actually had officers nearby searching for a shoplifter who had run from a nearby business, so we were able to respond quickly,” he said.
A suspect was caught in the shoplifting, Gallagher noted.
Fifth Third officials said they could only make limited comments, but noted everybody in the bank was fine.
City detectives and the FBI are conducting the investigation. Kilbane said the department sent out bulletins, but said it hasn’t gotten any information that would connect to other bank robberies or incidents so far.
“We haven’t established any links with anything else at this point,” Kilbane said. “But officers are still investigating and following up with other agencies.”