Suspect sought in Mingo robbery

MINGO JUNCTION — A masked man robbed the Softite Credit Union branch on Longview Avenue of an undisclosed amount of cash just minutes before closing on Thursday, Police Chief Joe Sagun said.

Sagun said two employees were still in the credit union when a white male wearing a white over-the-head-style fabric mask, a hood and heavy coat entered around 4:56 p.m. No customers were present, he added.

The man, who appeared to be armed with a “rifle-caliber pistol,” left the property on foot but is believed to have made his escape in a black SUV that was in the area.

Sagun said it was “a brazen move, doing it in broad daylight, during business time.”

“On the video you can see a slight firearm, a handgun or shotgun,” he added. “He just walked in, demanded cash and took off.”

Sagun said it’s been years since the last armed robbery in Mingo Junction.

“I’ve been here 27 years and we’ve never had (a bank robbery),” he said.

“Our last armed robbery was 15 or 16 years ago when Sun Video got robbed — that was our last one.”

Sagun said he’s thankful no one was injured, but said the incident was “very concerning,” not just for the two employees but for the safety of residents and the community in general.

Police are looking for the black SUV and following up on other leads, he said.