December 21, 2014

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Robbery suspect to face grand jury

James Wingard

James Wingard

OBERLIN — The man accused of robbing the LorMet Community Credit Union in Wellington on July 12 waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Oberlin Municipal Court.

The case against James Wingard, 48, will be forwarded to a Lorain County grand jury for review.

Wingard, who is charged with robbery, allegedly entered the credit union about 10:15 a.m. and appeared to ask for a donation, Wellington police said. After a teller told him to contact the corporate office, Wingard left. But police said he returned about 11:45 a.m. and demanded money, telling a credit union worker that he didn’t want to hurt anyone and reaching behind his back. The teller gave Wingard about $900.

He was arrested a few days later in a Cleveland bar while talking to the FBI on the phone. Wingard has denied involvement in the robbery, police have said.