December 18, 2014

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Elyria man admits to robbing 3 banks

Jonathan Schubert

Jonathan Schubert

ELYRIA — An Elyria man has been indicted on armed robbery charges after he admitted to robbing three banks since November.

Jonathon Schubert, 29, is charged with use of a firearm during a violent crime and two counts of bank robbery by force after he admitted to police that he robbed banks in Sheffield, Cleveland and North Olmsted and stole more than $10,000.

Schubert was taken into custody for the robberies March 10, shortly after police said he robbed a PNC Bank at 4600 Great Northern Blvd. in North Olmsted.

In an interview with North Olmsted police and FBI special agent Michael Kurkjian, Schubert admitted to robbing that bank as well as robbing a PNC bank at 5320 N. Abbe Road, Sheffield, in November and a PNC Bank at 15100 Puritas Ave., Cleveland, in January.

Schubert told investigators he bought a semi-automatic handgun from a friend and a bag from Wal-Mart just a week before the Sheffield robbery Nov. 26. He came into the bank holding the handgun and told the bank manager to lie down on the floor and told bank tellers to put money in the bag he carried with him, according to Kurkjian. Schubert fled on foot with more than $4,000.

Schubert told police he stole the money to pay bills and for child support. When that money ran out, he said he robbed another bank.

Schubert admitted to buying a BB gun in January shortly before entering the PNC in Cleveland on Jan 27, pointing the BB gun at tellers and fleeing with about $5,000.

Schubert told investigators he committed his final robbery in North Olmsted on March 10. He said he walked into the bank with the BB gun, stole money and ran from the scene.

A witness outside of the bank in North Olmsted took a picture of Schubert getting into a car, according to police. Officers pulled over the car the same day and found the stolen money, a mask, gloves and the BB gun inside.

In a written statement, Schubert said that he stole the money because he lost his job over the summer.

“I saw other people getting away with bank robberies so I decided to rob one too. … I just needed money and I didn’t know how else to get it,” he wrote.

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