Fifth Third Bank robbed second time

Channing Hindel

A man robbed the Fifth Third Bank on South Water Street at 1:32 p.m. yesterday.

The man walked into the bank, demanded money from the teller, who complied, and left without anyone being harmed, according to a police report.

Police said no one was arrested, and it is unknown how much money was stolen.

According to the police report, the suspect is a white male in his early 30s, 5’7″ to 5’10”, with a thin build and a black goatee. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his head, black sunglasses, a hunter green mid-length jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

On Feb. 20, a man fitting that physical description walked into the same bank, demanded money from the teller and left on foot.

According to the press release from that robbery, the suspect wore a greenish nylon winter coat with the hood pulled up over his head and dark jeans tucked into his boots. He wore sunglasses and a blue cap.

No weapon was visible in either robbery.

Despite the similarities, Lt. Ray Stein of the Kent Police Department would not confirm whether he suspected the same man in both robberies.

“Looking at the pictures, it seems pretty clear that it is,” Stein said.

In addition to some similar surveillance photos, the description given to police was the same in both robberies. In both cases, the suspect appeared to be unarmed and fled on foot.

Fifth Third Bank employees were unable to comment on the incidents per company policy.

Currently, the police have no suspects. Anyone with information on the suspect(s) or the robberies should contact the Kent Police Department at 330-673-7732.

Contact public affairs reporter Channing Hindel at [email protected].