GIRARD - Police said they used the help of a confidential informant and monitored Facebook to arrest a local man who was planning to rob the Chase Bank branch in downtown Girard.
Dennis R. Mohn, 21, of Abbey Street, faces a third-degree felony charge of robbery. He is in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond and awaiting a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Girard Municipal Court before Judge Jeff Adler.
Capt. John Norman said he was approached Tuesday night by a confidential informant who revealed that he was recruited by Mohn as a get-away driver for a ''bank job.'' The informant was promised $2,000 for his role in the holdup.
''The two were conversing on Facebook, and by Wednesday morning he had posted that there were no cameras outside the bank,'' Norman said Friday. ''The kid (confidential informant) was real nervous, but he had a lot of specific information. So we took this seriously.''
Norman said he learned the suspect planned the holdup for sometime Thursday and was going to case the inside of the bank on Wednesday. He was planning to use a BB gun during the robbery.
''We talked with the branch manager and showed him a mug shot of the guy and he recognized the photo since he had been in there. We have photos from the bank security cameras showing him in the bank. The Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office suggested we contact the FBI,'' Norman said.
Norman said certain admissions were gained when the informant and Mohn spoke further Wednesday or Thursday and the informant was ''wired.''
A decision was made to arrest Mohn Thursday, according to Norman, who said Mohn was a suspect in a suspected arson last Sunday at a relative's home where a shed attached to a house was set on fire. Mohn also has served prison time for arson, Norman said.