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Update: More Details Released In Bank Robbery

By: Todd Baucher, Shannon Houser Email
By: Todd Baucher, Shannon Houser Email
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Chad Rennicker
Michaela Fritz

UPDATE: 06/03/2013 3:46 PM

On the run for 56 hours. The man accused of robbing a Tuppers Plains bank is caught by police. More details on the robbery and arrest were released Monday during a press conference in Jackson County.

It started as a robbery at Farmers Bank last Thursday in Tuppers Plains.

"He went into the bank at about 3:45 PM with a mask and had what appeared to be a gun, threatened the employees. He wanted his bag filled with money. He did that and he left the area," says Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.

And it turned into a 56 hour man hunt for Chad Rennicker. Police say he's a career bank robber. He was on the loose, armed and dangerous, and traveling all across Ohio and West Virginia.

"He had his girlfriend with him," Sheriff Wood adds. "She wasn't involved in the bank robbery, but she was traveling with him. They had stolen a car from Stark County, Ohio."

Two days later, police found their hiding spot. They snuck into an attic above several apartments in Ripley.

"He went into an attic in one of the apartments and apparently tried to go through some other apartments and ending up coming through the ceiling of the attic," says Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs.

From police BOLO's across state lines to social media sites, the sheriff's office says it's the public who helped put this bank robber behind bars.

"The facebook-ing, it was actually one of the popular things that helped us draw attention to where they were," Sheriff Wood adds.

And the pair had some help along the way.

"Ultimately it led us to the capture of not only the actual bank robber but there was a total of three other people arrested for various things in relation to this during the manhunt," says Sheriff Boggs.

Rennicker was hurt when he fell through the attic. He's in the hospital, but expected to be fine. When he gets out, he will face possible extradition to Meigs County where formal charges will be filed. Rennicker's also accused of robbing seven other banks, all in Belmont County.

His girlfriend, Michaela Fritz is charged with aiding and abetting.

Two other people, Timothy and Bethany McClain, are charged with growing marijuana. Police found it when questioning them on Rennickers whereabouts. Shannon Rose was also charged for obstructing.

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UPDATE: 06/02/2013 12:20 PM

The Meigs County Sheriff's Office says the suspect in the Tuppers Plains bank robbery has been arrested.

Chad Rennicker was arrested sometime Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

No further details are available at this time.
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UPDATE: 06/01/2013 5:19 PM

The Meigs County Sheriff's Office has issued a BOLO on another car. They say the bank robbery suspect, Chad Rennicker, changed cars.

The car is an older model gold Toyota Forerunner. Police say Rennicker was first driving a car they believed he stole from his female companions father.

The Meigs County Sheriff's Office says do not approach the car or suspects. They are considered armed and dangerous. You're asked to call 911 immediately or The Meigs County Sheriff's Office at 740-992-3371.
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UPDATE: 06/01/2013 3:20 PM

The suspect in a bank robbery in Tuppers Plains has been identified, but he's on the run with a woman police are calling a person of interest.

Chad Rennicker is the man police say robbed the Famers Bank on Thursday. He's already wanted in Belmont County for an armed robbery there.He was sentenced but didn't turn himself into authorities.

Police say he's with his female companion, Michaela Fritz. She's listed as a missing and endangered person from Stark County, Ohio, but The Meigs County Sheriff's Office says she's a person of interest in the Farmers Bank robbery.

She is 5 foot 3 inches, 130 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Rennicker is 5 foot 9 inches,140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He has distinguishing tattoos on both arms.

The car Rennicker is driving in a four door green Dodge Stratus. Police say he stole it from Fritz's father. The license plate is FOY2606 from Perry Township in Stark County. They were last seen driving near Ripley.

If you have any information, you're asked to call The Meigs County Sheriff's Office at 740-992-3371. Police say these suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

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The Meigs County Sheriff's Department is at the scene of a robbery at Farmer's Bank in Tuppers Plains.

Special Agent Michael Brooks, of the FBI's office in Cincinnati, says a young white male entered the bank shortly before noon Tuesday, claiming he had an explosive device in a paper bag, and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

Agent Brooks says the man had short, cropped hair and was completely dressed in black, including a hooded sweatshirt.

The FBI and the Meigs County Sheriff's Department are investigating the holdup.


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