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Posted: 12:07 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Robber hit seven banks, police say

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Huntington Bank robbery, Jan. 29, 2014 photo
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Police are looking for the man who robbed a Huber Heights bank Friday morning.

By Breaking News Staff

DAYTON —

A Columbus man entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to federal charges alleging he robbed seven banks in southwestern and central Ohio within five weeks.

Michael Hay, 30, was in U.S. District Court in Dayton after being indicted on seven counts of bank robbery. Federal officials say Hay went on a bank robbing spree from December until his arrest in February.

Among the targets: the First Financial Bank in Huber Heights on Jan. 10; a Chase Bank in Vandalia on Jan. 28; a Huntington Bank in Miami Twp. on Jan. 29, and a Chase Bank in Mason on Feb. 4. The other banks are located in Central Ohio. Hay was arrested by Grove City police on Feb. 7.

In each local case, the robber handed a teller a note demanding money. At the Huntington Bank, the robber's note claimed he had a gun.

Each count of bank robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, United States Attorney Carter M. Stewart announced today.

The investigation into the crimes involved the FBI, the police departments in Upper Arlington, Bexley, Grove City, Huber Heights, Vandalia, Miami Township, and Cincinnati and the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

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