The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium took several awards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums this month.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium took several awards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums this month.

The Polar Frontier, which brought polar bears back to the zoo and opened last year, won an exhibit award.

Both the zoo and Wilds took top honors in the North American Conservation Award category for the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center. The award recognizes preservation efforts.

The Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center opened on the Scioto River near the zoo in 2001 and aids in the propagation and conservation of endangered freshwater muscles. The center is a partnership between the zoo, Wilds, the Ohio State University, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

Outstanding service awards went to zoo assistant curator Harry Peachey for his work with elephants and the Elephant Taxon Advisory Group; and Jack Hanna and animal program director Suzi Rapp for their work on behalf of the annual AZA Legislative Reception.

The Wilds also earned AZA accreditation.

The Fifth Third Bank at 7625 Sawmill Road was robbed at about 3:35 p.m. Sept. 24, according to Dublin police.

A man stole an undisclosed amount of money from the bank inside the Sawmill Road Kroger store, according to Dublin public information officer Megan Canavan.

“He did not show a weapon,” she said. “He actually passed the teller a note.”

The robber is described as a white male in his 30s, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, 170 to 200 pounds and wearing a black fleece shirt, jeans and a white baseball cap with a red fleece hat over it.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call the Dublin Division of Police at (614) 889-1112.

“As of right now, we don’t have any leads on who the suspect might be,” Canavan said. “We’re just asking for people to look at the picture, and if they recognize the person to certainly call the police department, or if they have any clues to call us.”