Upper Arlington Police Chief Brian Quinn said UA joined Reynoldsburg and Worthington over the weekend as victims of the "Suburban Bank Robber."

Upper Arlington Police Chief Brian Quinn said UA joined Reynoldsburg and Worthington over the weekend as victims of the "Suburban Bank Robber."

"At about 9:40 Saturday morning, Farmers Bank was robbed," Quinn said. "No weapon was seen or implied. I believe a note was passed but I'm not sure of that and he was seen getting into a blue vehicle. He's been dubbed by the FBI the Suburban Bank Robber."

A statement by the FBI said that the robbery was the seventh in the Columbus area since Jan. 1.

"Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at approximately 9:42 am, a man wearing a hooded jacket and dark sunglasses, believed to be the 'Suburban Bank Robber,' entered the Farmers Citizens Bank, 2821 Fishinger Road, in Upper Arlington, and stated that he was robbing the bank and wanted money from the teller's drawer. Although no weapon was observed, the teller complied and gave the robber money. The robber took the money and fled the bank. Witnesses saw the man enter a blue-colored 1990s 4-door Chevy Cavalier with Ohio tags and drive away.

"The robber was described as a white male, approximately 20s-30s of age, 5'10", medium build, unshaven, wearing a dark hooded jacket, aviator-type sunglasses, blue jeans, dark shoes, and dark gloves. Witnesses at the bank immediately recognized the robber as the man dubbed the 'Suburban Bank Robber' as he has hit banks in both Reynoldsburg and Worthington."

UAPD Officer Heather Galli said that local law enforcement plays the role of first responder role in bank robberies, but that longstanding federal law is that the FBI is the lead investigator on such crimes.

"With any type of incident like that we are concerned with the safety and well being of bank employees but also the customers," Galli said. "It's a critical response for our officers when we receive a bank alarm."

Galli said an ordinary minimum staff in the city is five officers and a supervisor, and whenever there is a bank alarm, every available officer responds.

"Bystanders being aware of their surroundings could assist law enforcement in identifying, investigation and apprehending the perpetrators of these crimes," Galli said. "They may not realize it, but the bank is located in a shopping center, and maybe someone in the line at the drive in at McDonalds may have seen something that didn't register at the time, but later on when they hear about what happened, maybe the say, 'I did see that'."

Because of the risk of violence that is inherent in such intensive crimes, Galli said it is difficult to balance behavior of the victims in trying to survive the incident with the natural observation of what is happening, which ultimately will help make an arrest.

"We never want to ask financial institutions to go against their policies in any way, shape or form," Galli said, "but it is a shared response and we want them to be able to gather as much information as possible to identify and arrest the individuals responsible.

"But our goal is life over property."