2010-02-27 / News

Millersport bank robbed

By Scott Rawdon

MILLERSPORT – Commodore Bank was robbed at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

No one was injured, said Millersport Police Chief Randall Lewis, but the robber was still at large as of Wednesday morning. He said the Millersport Police Department is working with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office on the investigation and the FBI is involved.

Lewis said a man with a toboggan cap over his face and otherwise completely covered entered the bank and demanded money, which tellers gave him. He told the occupants not to follow him outside or a bomb would explode. “They stayed inside,” said Lewis. Three or four cameras recorded the incident, but Lewis said since the robber was completely covered the video may not be much help.

According to a Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office report, an unknown man entered the bank wearing a grey sweatshirt and a pair of gloves while talking on a cell phone. A witness said she didn’t think anything was wrong until the man started yelling. The witness said the man headed toward the front door when he told whoever was on the other end of his call that the alarm had been tripped and where he would leave the money. Immediately after the robbery, the man ran westbound on Refugee Road ( Ohio 204) and out of sight.

Commodore Bank President and CEO Jeff Danford said it was the first robbery for the Millersport branch as a Commodore Bank. He didn’t disclose how much money the robber stole, but said, “It was very little. I’m confident he’ll get caught.” He added that he was amazed anyone would risk his or her freedom over the amount that was taken.

Danford said the bank’s alarm was tripped, but no dye pack was placed with the stolen money. He said bank staff would review security measures as a team, but they already regularly review security training. The bank staff will also meet with Millersport police to discuss security. Danford said the main thing was no one was hurt and, fortunately, provisions to ensure no robber escapes with much money worked perfectly.

Lewis said the incident is wake-up call to local businesses and residents. “Even in a small town, be prepared for crime,” said Lewis. “Plan ahead and take security measures for what you hope won’t happen.”

Longtime residents believe this is the first bank robbery in the village’s history.

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