Police ID suspect in Covington Plaza bank robbery as suspect in 2 other robberies

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A bank on Fort Wayne’s southwest side was held up late Thursday morning and police have released information on the suspect.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said that the suspect has been identified as Bart Brandon Ely, 49. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

According to police, Ely is the same man suspected of robbing banks in Bluffton and Van Wert, Ohio.

Anyone who may know Ely’s whereabouts or have any information regarding the bank robbery is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department Detective Bureau at 260-427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.

Police were called around 11 a.m. to the Old National Bank at 6430 W. Jefferson Blvd., inside Covington Plaza, on a report of an armed robbery.

According to police at the scene, a man dressed in dark clothing and wearing a face mask came into the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money. The man then left the bank with an unknown amount of money. It’s not clear if the man left on foot or in a vehicle.

No weapon was displayed during the robbery.

At least a dozen officers were seen investigating at the bank, including K9s.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call Fort Wayne Police at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers.

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