East side suburbs hit with two bank robberies - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

East side suburbs hit with two bank robberies

The suspect in the Pepper Pike bank robbery used a box and said it was a bomb. (Source: Cleveland FBI) The suspect in the Pepper Pike bank robbery used a box and said it was a bomb. (Source: Cleveland FBI)
The suspect in the Painesville bank robbery threatened tellers with a weapon. (Source: Cleveland FBI) The suspect in the Painesville bank robbery threatened tellers with a weapon. (Source: Cleveland FBI)
The suspect in the Painesville robbery also leaped over the counter. (Source: Cleveland FBI) The suspect in the Painesville robbery also leaped over the counter. (Source: Cleveland FBI)
NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) -

The Cleveland Division of the FBI is investigating two bank robberies that hit Pepper Pike and Painesville on Friday. 

The first robbery happened just after 9 a.m. at the Chase Bank on Mentor Avenue in Painesville. The suspect entered the bank and jumped over the counter, and threatened a weapon. After getting the cash, he fled and may be driving a silver Dodge Caravan. 

The suspect is described as a younger black man, about 6' tall, wearing a dark face mask. 

The second robbery happened around 12:20 p.m. at the Key Bank on Chagrin Boulevard in Pepper Pike. The suspect showed the teller an empty box and acted like it had a bomb. He demanded the tellers give him only $50 and $100 bills. He fled the bank through a church parking lot and took off in an older model gray pick-up, possibly a Toyota Tacoma. 

The suspect was wearing a scarf, but when he entered the bank it fell off, revealing the he was a white male, with dirty blond facial hair. He was wearing a yellow sweater with the word "West Virginia" across it. He was of medium build and approximately 5'4"-5'10". 

Anyone with information on any of these robberies is asked to contact the Cleveland FBI at (216) 522-1400.

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