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10-23-03: Investigators look at video of Chickasaw bank robbery


Business at the Osgood State Bank branch in Chickasaw continues as usual while investigators follow up on leads and review video surveillance of the armed robbery that occurred shortly after noon Monday.
One of those leads — a blue car bearing Kansas license plates — apparently led to a traffic stop early Wednesday near the intersection of Ohio 29 and Ohio 118, west of Celina. It was determined the vehicle and its male driver had been in the area but had no ties to the robbery, according to authorities.
A lone male suspect entered the bank, located at 79 W. Franklin St. (Ohio 274), around 12:05 p.m., brandished a weapon and stole more than $2,000 in cash from a teller, according to a report from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.
FBI Special Agent Thomas J. Bailey, who is working with the sheriff’s office on the joint investigation, told The Daily Standard on Tuesday afternoon a video surveillance camera inside the bank captured three “pretty good” views of the suspect. One shows him standing at the counter while another provides a side profile. The third shows him pointing a finger at something just prior to exiting the building.
Authorities have modified an earlier description after studying the images. The man has a moustache, but not a goatee as previously reported. In addition, his dark baseball cap bears a Cincinnati Reds insignia.
The suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 30 and 40, standing 5 foot 8 inches to 5 foot 10 inches and weighing 150 to 170 pounds. He had short dark hair and wore light-colored jeans, a denim jacket, tennis shoes and sunglasses.
Bailey declined to comment on whether the money was placed in a satchel or a bag of some sort. Neither the special agent nor bank officials would indicate whether the teller tucked in a dye packet that would mark the bills.
Bailey said investigators have yet to determine how the man arrived in the community or how he left.
Jim DeLong of Toledo, resident agent in charge of the Toledo, Lima and Sandusky FBI offices, said a decision will be made in the coming days on whether prosecution would take place at the federal or state level if a suspect is apprehended.


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