Alleged London bank robber charged

By Brandon Semler -

Cody Hatfield

Cody Hatfield

The man suspected of robbing Merchants Bank in London last month has been charged with robbery and theft, and is connected with two others accused of robbing several other banks in the area.

Cody Hatfield, 20, of Fairborn, was charged last Thursday, July 16, in Madison County Municipal Court. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond in Franklin County, where he faces felony charges for participating in a string of robberies. He was arraigned Monday.

Hatfield, along with Bill Bartley, 41, and Daniel Morris, 28, both of Hilliard, were reportedly involved in the robbery of banks in London, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, Groveport, Columbus and Dublin between June 16 and July 8.

A fourth suspect, Justin Gould, has a warrant out for charges stemming from the robberies. He is currently at-large.

London Police Chief David Wiseman said the four have various levels of involvement with each the robberies.

“Sometimes it was all four, sometimes it wasn’t all four,” Wiseman said.

Wiseman said the Madison County Major Crimes Unit led the investigation into the June 16 London robbery. While tracking suspects, a Madison County officer was in Heartland Bank in Dublin when the robbery occurred. Several other officers were outside.

All arrestees were turned into the Dublin Police Department.

Bartley and Morris also face felony charges in Franklin County, according to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court’s website. Both of their bonds were also set at $500,000.

Wiseman said the investigation’s success was a result of good police work, spanning multiple jurisdictions.

“All the involved agents came together in a collaborative effort to work on this case,” Wiseman said. “That’s what really made the case.”

London Police Officer Michael Perkins, who assisted the task force with the investigation, said that additional suspects involved with the London robbery are being investigated.

“We think we’re pretty close (to charging them),” Perkins said.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

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By Brandon Semler