April 23, 2014

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UPDATE: Armed robbery suspect sought

Sheffield Village police respond to an armed robbery at PNC Bank on North Abbe Road Tuesday afternoon. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Sheffield Village police respond to an armed robbery at PNC Bank on North Abbe Road Tuesday afternoon. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE — Police are searching for the suspect in an armed robbery of PNC Bank.

At about 11 a.m., a male entered the bank, 5320 N. Abbe Road, armed with a gun, according to Sheffield Village police Chief Larry Bliss. There were no customers inside the bank, Bliss said.

The suspect hid his face behind a black mask, and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect hid his face behind a black mask, and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

The suspect, described as 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, was wearing all black, including a black mask and gloves. He ran south on North Abbe Road, Bliss said.

Lorain County Community College issued a security alert shortly after noon advising students and faculty to be cautious.

The FBI and Sheffield Village police are looking for the suspect.

PNC has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, prosecution and conviction of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call (216) 522-1400 or (440) 949-6155.

  • Bob Sweatt

    So over an hour later, LCCC issued an alert?? Why bother then??

  • Bob Haas

    He put his gun down!!!! GRAB IT !!!!!!!!

    • Heath J

      Fortune favors the bold. Take the fool’s weapon!

  • Matthew Baldauf

    But…but…why did the bank not have a sign on the door saying that guns aren’t permitted in there?

    • ken

      ok Matt I thought it was funny. so people just don’t get it

    • Heath J

      Definitely needed the “magic sign”. Had they have had one of those, this never would’ve happened.

  • SweetScarlet

    BOLOs are not issued publicly in most cases, my guess is that LCCC did not get any official kind of notification, just as most area businesses most likely do not either. As soon as they learned of it, they probably wanted to get it out there as an extra security measure.

  • GLK

    Do you really think the sign would have stopped the robber from bringing his gun inside?? PNC does have a sign on their doors that encourages no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses and he didn’t bother to remove his hood. Attempting to grab the gun could have made things a lot worse. Not worth it. Never try to be a hero in a situation like this.

    • Matthew Baldauf

      Sorry I was being sarcastic. What im saying is this is a good example of why gun buster signs dont do anything to keep anyone safe. As far as grabbing the gun; idk how cloee the teller was, but if they were in arms reach, there’s no reason not to except personal preferance. I hate that dont be a hero crap. Its a personal choice, and theres nothing wrong with a citizen taking action to stop a dangerous criminal. It could have made it worse, or it could have made it better, because by not grabbing thw gun, we now have an armed and dangerous criminal on the loose. Where as if the teller had grabbed we at the very least would have an unarmed dangerous criminal on the loose or even better an unarmed and undangerous because theyre dead criminal.

  • ClevelandBill

    I know that guy, couldn’t mistake him for anyone else!

    Oh, the banks DO have NO GUNS signs on the door. See how great they work??? Meanwhile, honest law-abiding citizens have to go to the bank carrying large sums of money completely and utterly unprotected against violent assault.

  • Jennifer Williams

    we really need to go back to the days with cops in every bank. And the bank has no cameras outside? So things are just not adding up.

    • Heath J

      Because cops in every bank, school and .gov building would make everything better?

      We can’t afford that fix, even if it wasn’t the most asinine suggestion ever.

  • ekwaykway

    So whats next? Metal detectors at the doors of every public place I guess.