December 20, 2014

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Elyria man charged in three bank robberies

Jonathan Schubert

Jonathon Schubert

An Elyria man charged in connection with three armed robberies in two counties told police he was trying to get money to pay for his truck, child support and other bills after he lost his job.

On Friday, the Cleveland division of the FBI signed a federal complaint against Jonathon Schubert, 29, charging him with three armed bank robberies in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, and using a firearm during a violent crime.

Schubert was taken into custody March 10 after a witness saw him leaving a PNC Bank branch in North Olmsted wearing a ski mask and carrying a bag, said Vicki Anderson, spokeswoman for the Cleveland FBI.

Anderson said Schubert admitted to robbing the bank and two other banks — in Cleveland and Sheffield — in the past four months.

In the first robbery, the suspect entered PNC Bank at 5320 N. Abbe Road in Sheffield on Nov. 26, wearing a black mask, black sweatshirt and blue jeans, according to the FBI. The suspect pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the tellers, ordered them to raise their hands over their heads and told the bank manager to lie down on the floor, Anderson said.

The man then handed over a black backpack and ordered the tellers to put money inside before leaving on foot with the bag, Anderson said.

Two months later, a similar incident occurred at a PNC Bank branch on Puritas Avenue in Cleveland. On Jan 27, a man wearing the same outfit as the suspect in the Sheffield robbery entered the PNC Bank in Cleveland and held the bank tellers at gunpoint, ordering them to lay money on the counter. After they did, he put the money in a bag, dropped his gun, broke it and had to pick it up again before running from the scene, Anderson said.

Earlier this month, a similar robbery at a North Olmsted bank yielded different results.

A witness outside the PNC Bank at 4600 Great Northern Blvd. saw a man get out of a car wearing a black mask and holding a bag, Anderson said. The man entered the bank and pulled out a semi-automatic gun, ordering the tellers to put money into his bag. He left the bank with the bag and got into the passenger side of waiting car. A witness took a picture of the car and its Indiana license plates and called police, Anderson said.

Minutes later, North Olmsted police pulled over the car at the intersection of Lorain Road and Berkshire Drive and took Schubert into custody, according to a news release.

Schubert was taken into federal custody on Monday.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.