Armed robber gets cash at WesBanco in West Portsmouth

Cortney Throckmorton

December 7, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A man armed with a gun has robbed a Scioto County Bank. Approximately 11:19 a.m. Friday, the man entered WesBanco at 2331 Galena Pike in West Portsmouth, brandishing a gun and demanding money.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said deputies along with detectives and the local FBI office responded to that location. Upon arrival they were advised that a male subject entered the bank brandishing a weapon and demanded an undisclosed amount of money. The male subject demanded the bank teller to give him her car keys then made her walk with him to her vehicle in the parking lot. The teller stated that he got into her vehicle and drove away last seen traveling south bound. The vehicle was described as a 2000 gold in color two door caviler. Detectives did recover the vehicle on the side of the road in West Portsmouth just shortly after the robbery.

“He got an undetermined amount of money and fled the scene,” Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall said. “He actually left with one of the tellers’ vehicles. He made her produce the keys, then made her walk to her vehicle on the parking lot. The teller said he got into her vehicle, a 2000 gold two-door Chevrolet Cavalier, and drove away, last seen traveling southbound.”

Hall said the vehicle was recovered a short time later in West Portsmouth.

“We brought it to the office for processing. BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) will be here Monday morning to do a process,” Hall said.

Hall praised the WesBanco employees.

“The tellers there did a great job,” Hall said. “They were very strong and they did a very good job for us.”

Hall said anyone with information about the robbery or the robber involved should contact Scioto County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Dan Malone at the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, at 740-351-1099, or the local office of the FBI at 740-354-5645. Hall said all calls will remain confidential.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com