IN DEPTH | Cuyahoga Co. bank robberies trend towards 5-year-high

Cuyahoga County bank robberies on the rise

Based on figures provided by the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the current numbers in Cuyahoga County for bank robberies show a trend that could eclipse annual figures for the last four years.

As of May 9, the FBI reports there have been 51 bank robberies in Cuyahoga County.

In 2016,  there were a total of 74 bank robberies.

If the current trend continues, the numbers could surpass the 2016 figures since we’re only five months into 2017.

The numbers for the past four years are as follows.

2013 – 36

2014 – 34

2015 – 46

2016 -74

The most recent bank robbery happened Monday.

Officials say two males robbed the Huntington Bank at 6134 Dunham Road in Maple Heights around 2:30 p.m.

Officials also say early investigation has revealed that one shot was fired inside the bank, but authorities are still working to confirm that information.

The two suspects are described as being about 5-foot-10-inches tall, wearing dark clothes, jeans and red masks. Both suspects also had semiautomatic guns. 

No injuries have been reported.

On Wednesday May 3, two Fifth Third Banking locations were robbed within hours of each other.

The Lakewood Police Department and the Cleveland Division of FBI are searching for a suspect that robbed the Fifth Third Bank at 14800 Madison Ave in Lakewood around 2:20 p.m.

The FBI tells WKYC’s Hilary Golston there’s reward money for every bank robbery, if tips lead to successful identification and prosecution.

Vicki Anderson with the FBI, said the agencies ‘solve rate’ is about 83 percent, adding on the prospect of getting suspects behind bars, “we’ll get them.”

WKYC


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