November 22, 2014

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Police: Robber chose lender over bank

LORAIN — Police suspect a man who robbed Pay Day Loans at gunpoint also cased a Fifth Third Bank hours earlier and snatched a woman’s wallet as she walked to her car from the bank.
The man, described as a 5-foot-10, 265-pound Hispanic man in his 30s, didn’t rob the bank, but police are not dismissing the possibility that he might.
“The fact that he hit the Pay Day Loans means he doesn’t care,” police Sgt. Albert Rivera said. “He was inside the bank to either case the bank or he was there to see what kind of transactions the customers were making.”
Rivera said police have determined the man’s day went something like this:
Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday, he walked into the bank on 5320 Oberlin Ave. along with another
Hispanic man, who was wearing a gray and blue New York Yankees hat and a black-and-white striped jacket.
The pair walked to a check-writing corner near a teller’s station and pretended to fill out a transaction slip while carefully scanning the interior of the bank, Rivera said.
After a few minutes, the two men tore up the slip and walked out of the bank.
However, instead of leaving the area, one of the men waited around until a 23-year-old woman walked out of the bank with a black wallet in her hand.
Rivera said that as the woman walked to her car, he startled her by screaming “hey” and then snatched her wallet.
Six hours later, Rivera said the same Hispanic man walked into the Pay Day Loans inside the Rent-A-Center store on 2260 Broadway armed with a gun.
He walked to a counter, where a 38-year-old female employee was making a phone call. When she was done, he placed a money bag on the counter, pulled out the gun and demanded money.
He left moments later with an undisclosed amount, and he was seen getting into a gold-colored Dodge Stratus, Rivera said.
The robber, who has yet to be identified by police, was captured on surveillance video at both locations — giving police a good picture to work with as they search for the man, Rivera said.
“There is no doubt we are looking for the same suspect,” he said. “The tattoos pretty much lock it in. Right now, we just want to identify this guy and believe it’s only a matter of time before we do.’’
Police are offering a reward for any information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the robbery suspect.
Anyone with information should call the Lorain Police detective bureau at (440) 204-2105.
Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

Courtesy of Lorain Police
Police suspect this man robbed a Pay Day Loans and stole a woman’s wallet Saturday in Lorain.