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Liverpool Township man arrested in Lorain County bank robbery

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    Matthew Kroffke

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    This screencap from surveillance video at the Chemical Bank in Grafton shows a robbery that took place shortly before 11 a.m. Friday.

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A Medina County man has been arrested in connection with the bank robbery of the Chemical Bank in Grafton that took place Friday.

A warrant for Matthew Kroffke, 36, of Liverpool Township, was issued on the charge of aggravated robbery by Grafton police on Monday. FBI field agents located and arrested Kroffke in the Toledo area on the warrant, according to a release from Grafton police.

Kroffke was being held in the Lucas County Jail awaiting extradition to Lorain County, where he will be held pending arraignment in Elyria Municipal Court.

The FBI said Kroffke entered Chemical Bank, 351 N. Main St., Friday morning around 11 a.m. brandishing a black handgun and yelled at everyone to show their hands. He then went to the manager’s office, pointed a gun at her and ordered her out of the office, police said.

Kroffke then demanded large bills from three tellers, paced in front of the teller count and counted backward from 30, police say. As he counted, he allegedly put the gun in the faces of the tellers and threatened to shoot them, according to authorities.

The tellers and manager complied with Kroffke’s demands, and no physical injuries were reported, the FBI said.

Kroffke left the bank and escaped in a vehicle in a nearby driveway, according to law enforcement.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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