YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Authorities in Youngstown have confirmed that warrants have been issued for two men in connection with a Thursday bank robbery in Youngstown.
Warrants are out for Michael Zarlingo and Rickie Gonzalez in connection with the robbery of the PNC Bank on Meridian Road in Youngstown.
The FBI said just after 4 p.m., the two men entered the bank. One suspect was armed with a shotgun and remained in the lobby while the other jumped the counter, forcibly took money from an employee’s hand and several money drawers, according to police.
The FBI says they are still accepting tips from the public regarding the two individuals.
“We have gotten quite a few leads, you know, I ‘m being truthful when I say that we are following up on additional stuff, they definitely are piquing our interest,” FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said.
This isn’t the only bank robbery local law enforcement is still working on, though.
In fact, over the past year, WKBN has reported on seven bank robberies, with only two of those cases having been closed and suspects caught.
“You know we’ve had, unfortunately, a lot that revolve around drug usage. I guess they see this as a quick way to get money,” Anderson said.
She said despite the Valley having a couple of bank robberies within the past week, she wouldn’t call it a spike in activity.
“Every time we think there’s a spike and we look at it, really there’s not, I mean, it seems as though we have chunks of them and then we’ll go periods of time without them,” Anderson said.
Anderson said winter or colder months are often called “bank robbery season” by law enforcement.
“They may be more desperate for money or needing to get shelter, and it’s also a better time to put on all of this disguise, to put on layers of clothing,” Anderson said.
The FBI and local police ask that if you have any information on yesterday’s PNC robbery or others to call them. PNC is offering a $10,000 reward.