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Suspected Serial Bank Robber Caught in Canton

Authorities arrested Benjamin Gates, 33, on Thursday afternoon for his suspected involvement in several recent bank robberies in the region.

They got him.

On Thursday, the , 33, who they believe was responsible for a string of recent bank robberies in the area, according to Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI.

Gates was arrested, without incident, Thursday afternoon by members of the Safe Streets Task Force comprised of FBI agents, officers from the Canton and Alliance Police Department, and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.

Gates has already been charged with one count of robbery in connection with the Aug. 10 holdup at Huntington Bank, located within the Giant Eagle at 608 Raff Rd. in Canton.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the FBI, Canton Police Department, Stark County Sheriffs Office, North Canton Police Department, and Liberty Police Department, reports the Falls News Press.

The following banks he’s suspected of robbing include:

  • July 2, 2012: U.S. Bank, located inside the Fishers Food store at 4403 Cleveland Ave. in Canton.
  • July 20, 2012:, located inside the Giant Eagle on Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls.
  • July 27, 2012: Huntington Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at 4700 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown.
  • , located inside the in North Canton.
  • August 10, 2012: Huntington Bank, located inside the Giant Eagle at 608 Raff Rd. in Canton.

Authorities have not yet indicated whether Gates is suspected of robbing the  in Cuyahoga Falls earlier today.

Check back with the Cuyahoga Falls and North Canton Patches for further updates on this story. 

Paul August 17, 2012 at 01:17 AM
You did the crime(s),now do the time!
wmfr August 17, 2012 at 02:51 AM
They mentioned adult parole authority. hmmmm So he was already in prison? 2 things - first we need to work with felons to give them a shot to have a job and not blackball them and second if you commit crimes like this and keep going with a life of crime we need to lock these idiots up and throw away the key
wmfr August 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
im sure he will be crying to the judge " oh spare me" waaaaa waaaaaa. whatever clown, you need at least a decade in prison to learn your lesson. Now go and enjoy your time in the clink.
Terry August 17, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Great job by ALL the law enforcement involved. You can't always catch them after the FIRST one but patterns and PERSISTANCE pay off.
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