Thursday, May 19, 2011 09:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:24 AM
The Columbus Dispatch
A security camera at an East Side bank yesterday got clear photos of a robber who revealed his face when he was told to obey the bank's "no hats, no hoods" policy, the FBI said.
The incident began at about 4 p.m. when a man in a dark, hooded jacket entered the PNC Bank at 2385 S. Hamilton Rd., said FBI Special Agent Harry W. Trombitas. As the man waited in line with his hood up, concealing most of his face, a bank employee told him to take it down.
Apparently seeking to avoid attention, the man did, Trombitas said. Eventually, he said, the man handed a teller a note saying he had a gun, was robbing the bank and would shoot her if she didn't give him money.
She did, and the robber fled.
The suspect is described as a white male apparently in his mid-20s, 5 feet 5 inches tall, of medium build, clean-shaven, with short brown hair, a dark shirt, a dark coat, dark pants and dark shoes.
"Law enforcement credits PNC Bank employees with enforcing the 'no hats, no hoods' policy, which caused the man to take down his hood, revealing his face to surveillance cameras," Trombitas said.
The bank robbery was the second of two yesterday and the 17th so far this year in Central Ohio. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus Police Robbery Squad at 614-645-4665 or the FBI at 614-865-2543.
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