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|Robbery Date/Time:||11/15/2007 11:13|
|Location:||Fifth Third Bank|
|Address:||3588 Gender Road|
|Lead Investigator/Agency:||Ron Strollo - Columbus PD|
On November 15, 2007 at approximately 11:13 am, a man entered the Kroger's store located at 3588 Gender Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio and went to the Fifth Third Bank branch located inside the store and told the teller he had a bomb and would blow up the bank if she did not give him money. The teller observed the man holding some type of wire so she complied and gave the robber money from her drawer. The robber took the money and fled the store. No device was left at the scene. The robber may have fled in a Yellow Taxi. The robber was described as a white male, approximately 30's-40's of age, 5'10", medium build, wearing a white colored Hawk golf hat, cream colored turtleneck, brown leather jacket, and dark gloves. Police believe this same man was inside the US Bank at 6100 Channingway Blvd, Columbus, just prior to committing the Fifth Third robbery, but was spooked when an employee recognized him as the same man that robbed the US Bank on November 7, 2007.
The robber has been identified as Derek J. Ables. Ables also robbed two other Columbus area banks.
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