Bank Bust: Bank Robber Wrangled, Suspected In Two Other Heists

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STREETSBORO, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland man busted after robbing a Streetsboro bank Thursday morning. 

The heist happened at 10AM at the First Merit Bank branch on State Route 14.

The suspect - John Ford - passed a note to a teller demanding money or he would shoot her. No other customers were present in the bank at the time of the incident, and a weapon was not brandished.

Ford then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and was observed driving a dark in color Ford Escort by an employee of the bank, who provided a vehicle description to police along with a license plate number.

The 35-year-old's car was observed on I-480 in Twinsburg shortly after the vehicle description was broadcast and was stopped by responding Twinsburg police units. The driver matched the description of the robbery suspect and a loaded .38 revolver along with an undisclosed amount of cash was located in a bag his car. A die pack concealed in the stolen money had gone off as well.

Ford now faces one count of aggravated robbery and is suspected in at least two other bank robberies in Akron and Stow.

Streetboro PD is working with Stow PD as well as investigators from the FBI Akron Office and the Portage County Prosecutors Office to coordinate further federal charges against him.


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