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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  • by ed on Sep 5, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    I'm curios as to if the sherrif had to drive from pomeroy to the scene? If you know the area, thats not exactly close.
  • by Reedsville all my life Location: Reedsville on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    I agree with almost every comment. Meigs county just seems to be going down hill fast. I am so scared sometimes just to go to sleep at night. Reedsville used to be a town where you didn't have to really worry about anything like this. I personally contribute alot of this to drugs. Alot of people around our county are hooked on pills, and other hard drugs, not marijuana. We what looked to be a meth lab right down the road from where i live beside the road. I have a 3 year old daughter it scared me to death. Iam afraid everything may get much worse, not only stores and banks getting robbed but all of us to. Iam so glad the women at the bank where ok. Good luck to us all.
  • by Employee Location: TP on Sep 2, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    I work at this bank, and I just want to thank the Meigs Co Sheriff deputies. I think they did a great job, even though people in the community may not realize it. They responded very quickly and were out questioning people and investigating immediately. People can say what they want, but until you're standing there being robbed, you can't say what you will do. I am proud of my fellow employees...we all did as we had been trained to do.
  • by me Location: hometown usa on Sep 2, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    I would like to say that if these small towns were able to affor d more than 1-2 officers, then maybe something more effective could be done. these criminals are not stupid and they know this.....its a shame that the world has come to saving money is more important than saving someones life! For what they had to work with...i'm sure everything was done correctly....i for one want to know what complete stranger comes to a "small close knit community" where everyone knows everyone (or so you think) and rob the local bank & know the area enough NOT TO GET CAUGHT!!!!!... pay attention to your surroundings at all times, you may get the surprise of your life!!!!!
  • by jackie Location: tuppers plains on Sep 2, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    I can see the bank from my back porch it is pretty scary to hear that there was a bank robbery and I was at home with my son with the windows and front door open.
  • by Hey Bravo on Sep 2, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    Get off myspace once in a while, and you would know what is going on in the real world.
  • by ??? Location: `parkersburg on Sep 2, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    white male,short cropped hair...how much did he weigh,how tall,outside surveillance ???
  • by Rae Location: Reedsville,Ohio on Sep 2, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    I want to say that I thought our Sheriff's office did a good job. I also want to thank our school system for responding carefully by locking down our school. I'm so glad all the girls at the bank were ok. I have confidence that the authorities will find this crook. As times get harder and harder you can just expect crime to rise. We do need to stand together to protect our children and our community. Pray for our officers,firemen,E.M.T.'s, teachers,military, and all those who serve and protect us and our communities everyday! They are out there in harms way to help us and keep us safe. I want to say thank you to all of them! God bless you all!
  • by WILLIAMSTOWN Location: WILLIAMSTOWN on Sep 2, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    ITS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER TO ANYONE I WORK AS A TELLER AT A BANK. I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THAT SUITATION AND I HOPE TO NEVER BE IN ONE EITHER. I HOPE THE TELLERS ARE OKAY! WE HAVE A DANGEROUS JOB TOO AND YOU WOULD NEVER THINK THAT BUT IN THIS WORLD NOW DAYS YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
  • by ME Location: Meigs on Sep 2, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    Think about it people, this was a terrorist act. A possible bomb at an FDIC bank in little Tuppers Plains Ohio. It isn't funny. The ladies at the bank did an awesome job. Just as they were trained. I have relatives and friends that work there and it is a close-knit very small town. These women have babies and children and families they went home to last night. If anyone in Tuppers Plains saw anything remotely suspicious between 11:30 - 12:00 Tuesday, please report it to the Meigs Co Sheriffs Dept. You know never know what small thing that seemed out of the ordinary could lead to a capture.
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