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Armed robber arrested in Belmont County

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James Richard Oberman James Richard Oberman Belmont County Sheriff's Office

Yorkville man charged for theft at Bridgeport bank


BRIDGEPORT, Ohio -- Belmont County authorities have tracked down a suspected bank robber who struck in Bridgeport on Tuesday.

Records show that 31-year-old James Richard Oberman of Yorkville, Ohio, has been charged with aggravated robbery and having weapons under disability in connection with the armed theft at the Citizens Bank in Bridgeport. Oberman has a previous conviction for bank robbery in Jefferson County.

Reports from the Bridgeport Police Department state that a man brandishing a small handgun entered the bank at around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday and demanded cash. After the teller complied, the suspect fled on foot through an alley, discarding the gun. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the scene shortly thereafter, and Oberman was taken into custody at around 10:00 a.m.

Bridgeport Police Chief Andy Klotz said that both the gun used in the robbery and the stolen money have been recovered as evidence.

The Citizens Bank has been subject to armed robbery several times in recent memory, and Tuesday's robbery is the fourth within a two-month period in the Ohio Valley.

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