The suspect in a Belmont County bank robbery who is believed to have crashed his getaway car in Guernsey County remained at large, Guernsey County Sheriff Jeff Paden reported.
"We believe he got a ride to Barnesville and is no longer in Guernsey County," he said.
Officials are looking for the man who is a suspect in the Friday (Dec. 14) robbery at the Huntington Bank in downtown St. Clairsville, and possibly a second bank robbery in Pennsylvania.
Media sources reported he walked into the bank holding a note that demanded cash and that stated he had a weapon. Witnesses said he was about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and had a slim build. They said he was wearing a dark-colored hat, coat and blue jeans.
Sheriff Paden said the suspect apparently crashed his vehicle at the intersection of Batesville Road (Route 513) and Putney Ridge Road in Guernsey County and walked away from the scene. A tow truck driver from Bill’s Towing in Salesville was requested at the scene and provided the license plate information to the sheriff’s office.
It was determined the vehicle is believed to have been used in the bank robberies.
Officials believe the male apparently obtained a ride from a local resident into Quaker City, where he was dropped off at Dandy Don’s, a local grocery store. His location after that is unknown, although officials were looking along the railroad tracks leading to Barnesville.
East Guernsey Superintendent Adam Pittis issued a district "all call" at 3 p.m. Friday advising the district was in contact with the sheriff’s office regarding transporting students to bus stops in Quaker City. Pittis said the sheriff’s office ensured it was a safe time to transport the children home, but requested parents be present at their homes or bus stops to quickly facilitate the transfer of students from two school busses to their homes.
The story will be updated as appropriate.