Bank robber left his name and address on note demanding cash, says FBI

Ohio police say Michael Harrell wrote a demand note on a piece of paper with his name and address, when robbing a bank. (Screenshot: Fox 8)
Ohio police say Michael Harrell wrote a demand note on a piece of paper with his name and address, when robbing a bank. (Screenshot: Fox 8)

An alleged banker robber gave police a head start on his capture with a demand note that bore his full name and address.

The Cleveland division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says that Michael Harrell, 54, walked into a local U.S. Bank branch on Monday morning with a demand note written on a piece of paper from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Printed on it was his full name and address.

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"When the teller took the note, and looked at it and looked at the other side, she saw his name. He had used a note that he had used earlier at the BMV and it had his name on it,” Special Agent Vicki Anderson, who could not be reached by Yahoo Lifestyle, told Fox 8.

"She actually even referred to him as Michael,” Anderson added. “Gave him the money and called him Michael and then notified law enforcement."

The Cleveland Division of Police sent out a warrant for Harrell’s arrest after confirming his identity, reported Fox 8. A police spokesperson did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s information request.

“We've had individuals drop things on the way out the door, that they didn't intend to, obviously. We've had individuals drop cell phones that have all their identifying information in it,” Anderson told Fox 8. "A lot of times, we're sending out pictures, we have no idea who this person could be or what part of town they could be from. And when you present a note that has your name already on it and address, it helps law enforcement tremendously."

Representatives from the FBI and U.S. Bank did not immediately reply to Yahoo Lifestyle.

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