Suspect in Belmont County Bank Robberies Arrested in California

The man suspected of a series of bank robberies in Maryland, Bridgeport and St. Clairsville was arrested last week in California.

Charles Gibson, 57, of Pennsylvania, is believed to have robbed the Bridgeport Unified Bank on Nov. 24, then the Huntington Bank in St. Clairsville in mid-December.

In both Belmont County robberies, the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. No weapon was shown during either incident.

According to published reports, Gibson is the suspect in two Maryland bank robberies, at First United Bank in Friendsville, Maryland and the M&T Bank in Grantsville, Maryland. The Maryland robberies occurred after the Bridgeport crime, then at the St. Clairsville bank.

St. Clairsville Police Chief Jeff Henry said the Belmont County Sheriff’s office informed him of the apprehension. He said he expects the suspect to be extradited to Belmont County after answering for the Maryland charges.

“He was captured Thursday at California, at … a homeless shelter,” Henry said. “As I understand, he’ll be extradited first to Maryland, and Belmont County will get him next for the Bridgeport and (St. Clairsville crimes).”

Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas was contacted later Monday and confirmed via text that Gibson had been arrested in California.

Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba could not be reached for comment.

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