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Man wanted in Sunday bank break-in

CHESTER — Area law enforcement are searching for an individual after a Sunday morning break-in at a Chester bank, which officials say resulted in the removal of a small amount of cash.

Chester police issued a warrant for the 19-year-old man, who has not yet been identified publicly, and forwarded the warrant to East Liverpool police. The man lives in the 1700 block of Wooster Street in East Liverpool, according to a complaint filed in Hancock County Magistrate Court.

Police responded to the Northern Hancock Bank & Trust, 715 Carolina Ave., after getting a call from bank President Mark Mangano at 3:13 a.m. Sunday. The alarm company had reported an alarm at 2:52 a.m. Sunday, said Chester Police Chief Todd Murray.

Patrolman Brandon Whittaker arrived simultaneously with Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies Dante DiJirolanio and Hugh Tate, who deployed his K-9, Dagoo, inside the bank, the complaint said.

Officers found evidence that the man tried to gain entry through the drive-through window and then entered by breaking a window on the opposite side, the complaint said. Video camera footage showed a while male, wearing a grey hoodie, black pants, white socks and black Nike sandals, walking around with a black piece of clothing over his head.

Officers later learned that a man matching the same description had been to the Chester 7-11 and the Chaney’s Sunoco. They were able to identify the suspect through his front license plate, which could clearly be seen on one of the 7-11 video cameras, Murray said.

Police later impounded the car and obtained evidence from inside, he said.

(Huba can be contacted at shuba@reviewonline.com)

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