CIRCLEVILLE — A man accused of robbing a bank last month waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Circleville Municipal Court.
John E. Mogan II, 28, of Pataskala, has been charged with robbery, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of up to 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine, and theft, a fifth-degree felony with a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.
The Savings Bank, located at 501 Long Street in Ashville, was robbed on August 24. The suspect entered the bank wearing a black hoodie and handed the teller a note. The teller gave the male an undisclosed amount of money and he fled on foot.
After the judge explained the process of a preliminary hearing to Mogan, he waived his right to have a preliminary hearing and later questioned himself if he did the right thing.
According to Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff, Mogan was arrested in Pataskala on a parole violation.
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Ashville Police Department were quick to get the suspects picture out to the public through the media. Radcliff said they got several tips and many were dead ends but they followed up on all of them and a tip through Central Ohio Crime Stoppers led them to Mogan.
Radcliff said they started to put the pieces together when they looked at Mogan’s record and he had been in prison before for robbery, his parents reside in the Ashville area and pictures with large amounts of money were posted on Mogan’s Facebook page.
Mogan is being held at the Pickaway County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
No date has been set for grand jury at this time and the incident remains under investigation by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Ashville Police Department.