TUPPERS PLAINS — The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office has identified Chad Rennicker as a suspect involved in the robbery of the Farmers Bank located In Tuppers Plains.
Deputies from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Jackson County West Virginia Sheriff’s Office, Ripley Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant Friday at Rennicker’s mother’s home on Grasslick Road, Ripley. Deputies however were unable to locate Rennicker at the home.
Rennicker is wanted by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Belmont County Ohio Sheriff’s Office and the Perry Township Police Department in Stark County Ohio. In May, Rennicker was sentenced on armed robbery charges in Belmont County and has failed to turn himself into authorities to serve his sentence.
Rennicker is also believed to have stolen a Green Dodge Stratus four door with Ohio registration FOY2606 from Perry Township in Stark County from the father of his companion, Michaela Jean Fritz.
Fritz is currently listed as a missing and endangered person out of Stark County Ohio. Fritz is 5 foot 3 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.
Rennicker is 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
The last known location of Rennicker and Fritz was in Ripley, West Virginia driving the stolen vehicle.
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Rennicker or Fritz please, contact the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371.
While the lobby of the Tuppers Plains Branch of the Farmers Bank and Savings Co. was closed to business on both Friday and Saturday following Thursday’s robbery, Paul Reed, president and CEO of Farmers Bank, said the facility will be back into full operation Monday.
“First and foremost, I want to emphasize that our main priority is the safety and well-being of our Farmers Bank employees and customers. We are grateful that no one was hurt,” Reed said in a prepared statement. “Now, I just hope for peace of mind for all involved. You never want something like this to happen, but we diligently train employees to handle situations like this. I commend our Tuppers Plains staff for following procedures to ensure everyone was safe.”
Reed said bank employees have been working closely with local authorities since the incident occurred, and he thanked them for their immediate response and continued ongoing investigation efforts.
Reed said that while it was frightening experience for the six employees, four behind the counter, one at a desk in the lobby and another in the office, their reaction to the incident and security system was well handled.
“They did just what they were trained to do. Everything worked as it should have, and I’m very proud of the way our employees responded,” said Reed.
He was also complimentary of the work of the responding officers from the Meigs County Sheriff’s office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI) and other officials.
“While they were focusing on catching the individual, they were also concerned about the well-being of our employees,” he commented.
There were no customers in the bank when the robbery occurred, Reed said.