UPDATE: 11/30/2012 3:00 PM
A man accused of robbing a Parkersburg bank is in even more hot water.
Police say Norman Rattliff forged two signatures on a check.
They say he cashed it for $430 at People's Bank in October.
Two counts of forgery and one count of uttering are added to a list of other felony charges currently pending against Rattliff.
That includes a felony charge for robbing The First Community Bank a few weeks ago.
Rattliff remains at the North Central Regional Jail.
Update 11/20/2012 6:18 P.M.
Parkersburg police detectives have charged Norman Rattliff
with the November 13th Community Bank robbery.
Detectives developed Rattliff as a possible suspect fairly
early on in the investigation, with numerous surveillance
operations being conducted by plain clothes detectives in
the days following the bank robbery.
Parkersburg police S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)
and the Detective Bureau executed one Search Warrant on
November 15th at a residence near Liberty Street and
Staunton Avenue in an attempt to locate Rattliff, with no
success. Detectives continued to search, eventually
locating Rattliff later the same day at the Economy Inn on
7th Street in Parkersburg. Rattliff was taken into custody
on unrelated warrants (Joy Riding and Failure to Appear in
Court) without incident, and interviewed at headquarters
about the bank robbery. Rattliff was later processed and
placed in the Regional Jail on the unrelated charges.
Rattliff was officially charged with the bank robbery Tuesday.
He was arraigned by video today with his bond set at
$75,000.00 by Magistrate Jackson. Rattliff’s bond on the
other charges is $56,000 total. He remains in the North
Central Regional Jail.
UPDATE: 11/14/12, 10:18 A.M.
As of Wednesday morning, The Parkersburg Police is eliminating some leads and confirming others, while they still try to find the man who robbed Community Bank Tuesday morning. Sgt. Greg Collins says the department has officers on the ground working this case and following all possible angles.
A troubling situation this morning, Community Bank of Parkersburg was robbed and the suspect is still at large.
"An older white man, probably in his fifties or sixties entered the bank, somewhat disguised but not entirely, asked for money from the teller," says Sgt. Greg Collins, of the Parkersburg Police Detective Bureau.
The crime scene unit was quickly on the scene to find out exactly what transpired.
"He purported himself to have a weapon, the teller did not see the weapon however. He received an amount of cash and left the building on foot," Collins says.
With all available manpower working this, the Parkersburg Police is following a trail around the city that leads to their man.
"We got a lot of good information about bank personnel here that is helping us tremendously in this investigation," Collins says.
Brazen and in broad daylight on a busy street.
"Obviously a bank robbery is a violent crime in and of itself, so we are concerned," Collins says. "Anybody who would commit this type of a crime greatly concerns us. He wasn't acting erratically."
A bank president praised his employees on a job well done in the face of danger.
"All of our staff is fine and they handled the situation as to the procedure and they did an excellent job doing it," says Community Bank president and CEO Randy Snider.
Parkersburg Police are on the scene of a bank robbery at Community Bank of Parkersburg on Emerson Avenue.
Police say Tuesday morning an older white male in his 50s or 60s came into the bank demanding money.
He claimed he had a weapon, although no one in the bank ever saw one.
He stole an undisclosed amount of cash and left in a car parked nearby.
Police say they responded immediately to the scene and have many units working to solve this crime. They're also working on obtaining video from several places in the area.
Right now, no one is in custody, although police say they have several leads.
The Community Bank of Parkersburg on Emerson is currently closed, but all other branches of the bank remain open.