FBI officials reported a bank robbery in the Northland area early on the morning of Dec. 23, followed not that much later by the arrest of a suspect.

FBI officials reported a bank robbery in the Northland area early on the morning of Dec. 23, followed not that much later by the arrest of a suspect.

According to the announcement from Special Agent Harry W. Trombitas, the apprehension was made so quickly because the accused allegedly drove his own vehicle from the scene of the crime to his address on Spring House Lane in Columbus.

Trombitas said that at approximately 8:05 a.m., a man entered the Cooper State Bank at 1616 E. Dublin-Granville Road. He reportedly walked up to the teller counter where he placed a white bag on the counter and told an employee he was robbing the bank.

"The man kept one hand inside his coat pocket as though he had a weapon, although none was observed," according to Trombitas. "The teller complied, removed money from her drawer and placed it into the bag. The robber took the bag containing the money and fled the bank.

"Witnesses saw the robber enter a vehicle and got the license plate number and provided it to responding Columbus police officers."

The tag provided by witnesses showed that the vehicle was registered to Wenway G. Brown at 6765 Spring House Lane, Trombitas said.

"The officers went to the residence on Spring House and found the vehicle parked in the lot," Trombitas wrote. "The residence was subsequently searched and clothing items worn during the robbery as well as all of the bank loot was recovered.

"Mr. Brown was arrested by Columbus police officers and is being charged with the robbery."

Brown, who also reportedly spells his first name Wenwoy, is 33.

This was the 41st bank robbery in the Columbus area this year, compared with 78 in 2008, Trombitas said.