TUPPERS PLAINS — A Meigs County woman has been arrested in connection with the June robbery of Farmers Bank in Tuppers Plains.
The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Amanda Sawyer, 31, of Reedsville, and charged her with with aggravated robbery, possession of criminal tools and attempted robbery June 2 of Farmers Bank location in Tuppers Plains. As of press time, she was being held in the Middleport Jail.
According to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Michael Hupp pulled over a vehicle driven by Sawyer at 8:06 p.m. Monday on State Route 7 near Chester Township because it did not have a visible license plate. While inspecting Sawyer’s vehicle, Hupp discovered the front license plate had been bent to conceal its identity.
While talking to Sawyer, deputies said they found a homemade face cover, disposable gloves and a butcher’s knife inside the vehicle. Seeing these items, deputies placed Sawyer under arrest and took her to the sheriff’s office, where she allegedly admitted to robbing the Tuppers Plains bank. She also allegedly told deputies she was planning a robbery of the TNT Pit Stop in Chester.
During the June 2 robbery, a woman can be seen on surveillance video wearing a nylon stocking over her head and sunglasses. After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the robber fled on foot through the front door, ran to the side of the building opposite the ATM and through the grass behind the bank, and got into a vehicle parked by a baseball field lot and drove off.
“Deputy Hupp’s observance and quick reaction diverted another robbery,” Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said. “The community has a great group of officers protecting and serving this county.”
According to Wood, the Tuppers Plains bank had been robbed twice before — in 2009 and again in 2013.
According to previously published Daily Sentinel stories, Sean Bradford Mitchell, 45, formerly of Athens, robbed the bank in September 2009 before fleeing to Mississippi. He then reportedly robbed a bank there in what he says was an attempt to be shot by authorities. He was apprehended by law enforcement following a standoff in November 2009.
Under questioning, Mitchell reportedly told law enforcement that he had robbed the Farmers Bank in Tuppers Plains. He is currently serving eight years in a Mississippi prison for that crime. He was sentenced to 15 years, with the final seven years as post-release control.
Another robbery occurred in May 2013 when Chad R. Rennicker, then 25, entered the bank with a gun and demanded money. He and an accomplice were arrested June 1, 2013, in Ripley, W.Va.
Rennicker was charged in that incident with six counts of kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery, all of which merge for sentencing purposes. On Sept. 30, 2013, Judge Mike Ward sentenced Rennicker to eight years in prison to run consecutive to the time he is currently serving in another unrelated case from Belmont County.
His accomplice was not charged, according to previous reports.
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