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Robber removes hood, shows face to cameras

COLUMBUS, Ohio, may 19 (UPI) — Authorities said they got a clear picture of an Ohio bank robbery suspect’s face when he complied with the facility’s “no hats, no hoods” policy.

FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas said the man, described as a white male appearing to be in his 20s, was waiting in line at the PNC Bank on South Hamilton Road in Columbus about 4 p.m. Monday when a bank employee told him he would have to take off his hood, which was concealing most of his face, The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.

Trombitas said the man complied, allowing security cameras to get clear photos of his face before he got to the front of the line and handed a note to a teller demanding money and saying he had a gun.

The robber, estimated to be about 5-foot-5, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“Law enforcement credits PNC Bank employees with enforcing the ‘no hats, no hoods’ policy, which caused the man to take down his hood, revealing his face to surveillance cameras,” Trombitas said.

Investigators are working to identify the man, Trombitas said.

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