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Man robs Chesapeake bank

Sep. 17, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- Lawrence County sheriff's deputies used a police dog to search for an armed bank robber Tuesday, but were unsuccessful in search efforts, according to Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

A robbery was reported at 10:46 a.m. Tuesday at the City National Bank, 1012 Rockwood Avenue (County Road 107) in Chesapeake, Lawless said.

The suspect was described as a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of slender build, wearing blue jeans and a blue hoodie. He also was wearing a half-mask covering the bottom of his face, Lawless said.

The robber approached tellers demanding cash, Lawless said. He brandished a handgun.

An undetermined amount of cash was reported stolen.

The robber fled on foot into a hilly, wooded area behind the bank, Lawless said.

"We had five officers up there along with the K-9 unit," Lawless said. The dog followed a scent to some pipelines where there had been some recent activity and lost the scent, he said.

"They were up there about two-and-a-half to three hours," Lawless said.

"It's a residential area," he said. "The closest business is a Citgo station about a block away."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified, he said.

Authorities also called in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigations to see if fingerprints could be collected, Lawless said.

Bank employees could not say if the robber was wearing gloves or not, he said.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about the robber to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department at 740-532-3525.



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