Grand jury indicts suspected bank robber

Cary Ashby • Feb 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

An accused bank robber and several suspected burglars were indicted by a Huron County grand jury Friday.

Robert L. Jackson Jr., 52, of Monroeville, was indicted on three counts of robbery and two charges each of burglary and theft, all in connection with a Feb. 16 incident. The indictment alleges he used a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck to commit the suspected offenses at Firelands Credit Union in Monroeville.

Authorities arrested Jackson without incident about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 18 near the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ohio 58 in Oberlin. After Norwalk police dispatchers kept track of the suspect's cell phone use, authorities had the Oberlin Police Department and troopers with the state Highway Patrol poised to arrest him.

Jackson, according to the indictment, is a "repeat violent offender" and has an earlier robbery conviction.

He served 15 1/2 years at the Lorain Correctional Institution for robbery and aggravated robbery. The convictions were for an incident at TJ's Bar on Jefferson Street.

"He placed some people in the freezer," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler earlier told the Reflector.

Jackson was released from prison Feb. 2, 2012. He also is accused of robbing East Side Fuel the morning of Feb. 18.

The grand jury met Friday, but the indictments weren't released by the Huron County Clerk of Courts until Monday.

A story about the other defendants who were indicted was published in Tuesday's Reflector. To read that story, pick up a copy of the issue or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of the entire paper) for less than $1 per week and read it now.

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