Banks robbed in Lyons, Ridgeville Corners 2011.10.19

Written by David Green.

The State Bank and Trust office in Lyons was one of two northwest Ohio banks that were robbed Friday.

At about 11 a.m. Friday, a lone white male, armed with a dark handgun, entered the State Bank branch in Lyons and demanded money from a teller. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, according to the FBI.

Forty-five minutes later, a lone gunman robbed the Sherwood State Bank branch in Ridgeville Corners.

Witnesses said the suspect fled in a black, older car, described as small to mid-sized, with black-painted rims, shiny hub caps, and possibly a rear fin. There was said to be orange-colored lettering on the back of the vehicle.

The suspect is described as 5 feet, 11 inches to 6 feet, 1 inch tall. He has a thin build, approximately 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing what appeared to be a dark, two-tone jacket, zipped in the front, with a hood, dark sunglasses, a black ski mask and black gloves.

In both robberies, the suspect provided tellers with a blue Meijer reusable shopping bag.

The Fulton County and Henry County sheriff departments are participating in the investigation.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to contact the Fulton County Sheriff Department at 419/335-4010, the Henry County Sheriff Department at 419/592-8010, or the FBI at 419/243-6122.

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