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Sheriff: Two banks robbed, one suspect sought

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Elvis P. Kerns Photo Courtesy: Scioto County Sheriff's Office Elvis P. Kerns Photo Courtesy: Scioto County Sheriff's Office
PROCTORVILLE -
UPDATE April 9, 2013

Sheriff's deputies in two counties are looking for one man they believe is tied to two separate bank robberies in Ohio. 

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless tells 13News his office is working closely with the Scioto County Sheriff's Office. Charter One Bank on Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg was robbed Friday, April 5 at 12 p.m. Deputies said the suspect, now named as Elvis P. Kerns, 34, of Wheelersburg, handed the teller a piece of paper then left the bank on foot with an undetermined amount of money. 

Similarly, U.S. Bank on State Route 7 in Proctorville was robbed Monday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. Kerns, now a suspect in this robbery, unsuccessfully tried to cash a check then demanded the teller give him all her money. He left on foot heading west with an undetermined amount of money. 

Deputies in Scioto County have a warrant for Kerns arrest and at the time of this update Sheriff Jeff Lawless is in the process of getting the same warrant. 

Kerns is 5 feet, 11 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He was seen driving a 1990 gold Chevy Cavalier with tinted windows and Ohio tags FTK-1183. The car also has a sticker in the rear window supporting coal minors. 

If you have any information please call one of the sheriff's offices or 911. 



ORIGINAL STORY April 8, 2013

US Bank on State Route 7 in Proctorville was robbed Monday at 12:24 p.m. 

Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office say there were three employees and no customers in the bank when a man walked up to one of the female tellers to cash a check. Because of a discrepancy, the teller refused to cash the check and that is when investigators say the suspect demanded the teller give him all her money.

In a statement release to the media, Sheriff Jeff Lawless stated the suspect kept his hands in his pockets and never showed any type of weapon. 

The suspect left the bank on foot heading west with an undetermined amount of money.

Deputies describe the man as white, with short brown hair, brown mustache and a skinny build. He is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and was wearing a tan ball cap, sunglasses and blue pullover shirt.  

If you have an information please call the Lawrence County Sheriff or 911.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also been contacted by the LCSO.