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Suspect in Chase Bank robbery also charged in July heist


A man who is suspected of robbing a Sheffield Lake bank on Jan. 11 was charged last year with a bank robbery in Lakewood, according to police officials.

In the Sheffield Lake incident, police said two men entered the Chase Bank on Lake Road at 11:50 a.m. Jan. 11, took money and left in a car that was waiting outside. The men were unarmed and wore hooded sweatshirts and white bandanas over their faces, according to the Cleveland office of the FBI.

Sheffield Lake police and the FBI launched a weeklong investigation into the incident and took Andrew Perry, 21, of Lakewood, and a 17-year-old boy into custody Monday.

Perry was caught near Great Northern Mall, according to Sheffield Lake Police Chief Tony Campo.

Lakewood police Detective Terry Miller said that in July, Perry and his brother Lewis Perry — wearing minimal disguises — were charged for allegedly robbing a bank.

“Their disguise consisted of sunglasses,” Miller said.

In the July incident, police say the brothers entered the Charter One bank at 12222 Madison Ave., Lakewood, wearing regular clothes and sunglasses, Miller said. They handed the teller a note, saying they were robbing the bank and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

“It wasn’t anything tough to find out,” Miller said, adding that police knew the Perry brothers and could recognize them easily from the surveillance tapes. Police arrested both of them near Akron the next day.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted them on aggravated robbery and robbery charges in August, and Lewis Perry received jail time while Andrew Perry received probation.

Andrew Perry was being held Thursday at Lorain County Jail on a $250,000 bond for the charges stemming from the Jan. 11 robbery.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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