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Man sought in downtown Cleveland bank robbery also suspected in two prior hold-ups, FBI says

September 4, 2018

Man sought in downtown Cleveland bank robbery also suspected in two prior hold-ups, FBI says

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Investigators believe a man sought in connection with a Tuesday bank robbery in downtown Cleveland is the same man suspected in a pair of hold-ups that happened last week.

The man was caught on surveillance cameras during a Tuesday robbery at a Fifth Third Bank on Superior Avenue near East 6th Street, the Cleveland Division of the FBI said in a news release.

Investigators released images pulled from the surveillance cameras on Tuesday afternoon.

Anthony Jones, 59, of Cleveland, is charged with aggravated robbery in the first of the three bank robberies, on Aug. 27 at a U.S. Bank on Euclid Avenue near East 14th Street, according to court records.

Jones has not been charged in either a Thursday robbery at a Huntington Bank on Euclid Avenue near East 9th Street, or Tuesday’s robbery at the Fifth Third Bank. But he has been identified as a suspect in both of those robberies, an FBI spokeswoman said in a news release.

A man walked into the Fifth Third Bank just after 1 p.m. Tuesday and handed a note to a teller. The note demanded money, and the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, the news release says.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The two earlier bank robberies each involved a man walking into a bank and demanding money. The man claimed to have a weapon during both incidents, but bank employees did not see one, the FBI said last week.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Jones’ arrest on Friday, court records say.

Jones’ criminal history includes prior convictions for receiving stolen property and grand theft, according to Cuyahoga County court records.

Reward money is available to anyone who can provide information leading to Jones’ arrest and prosecution, the news release says. Tipsters may remain anonymous when they call the Cleveland police department, the FBI or Crime Stoppers.

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