First Merit Bank – 1/17/17 – Columbus

Click image to enlarge photo

Robbery Date/Time: 1/17/17 1:00 pm
Location: First Merit Bank
Address: 7490 Sawmill Rd
City: Columbus
State: OH
Zip: 43016
Lead Investigator/Agency: Det. Shawn Lent / Columbus PD
Phone Number: 614-645=4665

On January 17, 2017 at approximately 1:00pm, a male white suspect entered the First Merit Bank at 7490 Sawmill Rd and passed a note demanding cash. The suspect implied he had a weapon but none was seen. The teller complied with the demand and gave the robber money. The suspect left the bank. No injuries occurred during the incident. The suspect is described as male white or hispanic, 30 years old, 5’3″ to 5’6″ tall 160 pounds. He had black hair and was wearing a red ball cap, brown jacket and jeans. Update – the robber has been identified as Gerard Powers.

The Public Eyes organization pays rewards to individuals who provide tip information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible for committing central Ohio bank robberies. Persons wishing to submit a tip via email or telephone are not required to furnish any personal or identifying information, however if you wish to be considered for a reward through the Public Eyes organization, you will need to furnish your true name and contact info so that investigators will be able to contact you for additional information if needed as well as verify your identity. All reasonable efforts will be made by law enforcement investigators and the Public Eyes organization to keep your identity confidential. Regardless of whether you submit a tip anonymously or otherwise, if submitting a tip via email, you must complete the security box verifying the letters as shown so that the email message will be deemed authentic and pass through the server. Thank you for your assistance.