Police: Struthers credit union robbery suspect arrested in Boardman

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Anthony Salata is suspected of robbing Struthers Federal Credit Union, according to police

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Police have arrested a suspect in the robbery of a Struthers credit union.

A man robbed the Struthers Federal Credit Union on Poland Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators said he walked into the credit union and told a teller that he wanted to open an account. The teller explained that she needed to see an ID to open an account.

The suspect then stated that it was a robbery and demanded the money in the drawer. The teller handed over some money, and the robber ran away across Poland Avenue.

Police said no weapon was involved, and no one was injured.

The FBI, Violent Crimes Task Force and Struthers police then began investigating.

During the search for the suspect, officers were able to obtain information on a person of interest and an arrest warrant was obtained for Anthony J. Salata, 46, of Youngstown.

“We had intelligence that the suspect was at a couple houses. We were able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect. We checked two houses with the FBI and Violent Crimes Task Force,” said Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy.

Officers and agents searched houses in Youngstown and Struthers and were unable to locate Salata.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., the Boardman Fire Department responded to a man, later identified as Salata, lying in a ditch behind the McDonald’s restaurant on Midlothian at South Avenue.

Salata was arrested and transported for questioning after and then taken to the Mahoning County Jail.

State prison records in Ohio show he finished an 18-month prison term last summer and is on probation.

The investigation is continuing.

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