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On Oct. 3, 2018, Huntington Bank called police after a man wearing a red hoodie and a skeleton mask demanded money from a teller, stuffed it into his sweatshirt and left on a bicycle. Police believed the man biked to a car parked in an access drive north of the center of town.

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“At 9:11 a.m., the Brunswick Police Dispatch Center received a call from the Huntington Bank that they had just been robbed by a male subject wearing a red Ohio State hoodie, a skeleton Halloween mask, blueish-green pants, blue shoes and black gloves,” Hinckley Police Chief David Centner said.

The man demanded money from the teller, stuffed the cash into his sweatshirt pocket and “left the bank on his bicycle, pedaling northbound on Ridge Road,” Centner said. “We arrived in the area within a couple of minutes attempting to locate the subject on his bicycle, but we were unable to find him.”

The police believe the bank robber, who did not use a gun or threaten the teller, biked to a silver Ford Escape, which was parked in an access drive north of the center of town.

“We had several residents that called in before and after the robbery observe the subject with that description on the bicycle,” Centner said.

Because no bicycle was found, Centner said it appeared the suspect took the black BMX-type bike with him.

Hinckley police requested K9 units from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, but because the suspect left on a bicycle, the dogs were unable to track him.

“We also contacted the FBI,” Centner said “They sent a couple of agents to assist us with interviewing the bank employees and obtaining those statements. They are willing to assist us however needed, as we move along in the investigation. At this point in time, we are the main lead on the investigation.”

The chief said the former U.S. Bank in the center of town was the last Hinckley bank to be robbed. Centner is happy that no one was injured during the recent bank heist.

“That’s of great importance to us,” Centner said. “We’re working very hard to identify the person responsible and hold them accountable for the robbery.

“We want the community to know that with everything that we do here at the Hinckley Police Department, safety is of paramount importance to us. We are, have been and will always continue to make this the safest community possible.”

Considering his decades of law enforcement experience, Centner said the notion of robbing a bank on a bicycle is something new.

“This would be the first one that I can at least remember,” he said.

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A Brunswick man was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the October robbery of the Huntington Bank on Ridge Road in Hinckley.

On May 14, 2019 Medina County Court of Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier sentenced Michael Nori, 51, after he changed his plea. Initially, Nori pleaded not guilty to the third-degree robbery charge at his arraignment in February.

Collier also sentenced Nori to pay back $1,060 to Huntington.

SOURCE: Hinckley Recorder and ScriptType

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