Police: Man possibly abducted after leaving Lockland bank with 'large amount of money'

LOCKLAND, Ohio -- Authorities are searching for a man they say may have been abducted after leaving a Lockland bank with "a large amount of money."

James P. Rolman, 72, was last seen withdrawing about $6,500 in cash from US Bank on Williams Street Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Police say Rolman is the owner of Hirschberg Scrap Metal on Longworth Street in Lockland, and the money was for the payroll at his business.

He was spotted getting into a 2013 Ford Taurus with Ohio tag FTM4893 after withdrawing the money, police said.

On Saturday, Lockland police received a tip to respond to the 200 block of Smalley Road, roughly a mile from the bank where Rolman was last seen. Police would not elaborate on specifics surrounding the investigation but did confirm it was in relation to the man's disappearance.

Investigators say video from the bank shows an unknown man wearing a blue shirt and white shoes approaching and entering Rolman's car.

 

They said the man leaned onto the side of Rolman's car for a brief period and then got in. It is not clear if he had a weapon.

"Our priority right now is to find him and make sure he is safe," Lockland Police Chief Jim Toles said. "We're hoping that with all the LPR (License Plate Recognition) cars in the county, the car can be pinged."

Rolman is 5-foot-11 with brown hair and brown eyes and weighs about 235 pounds. Police say his cellphone was turned off at 11:30 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has been alerted and is investigating this case. Lockland police say the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation may also be contacted.

Robert Jefferies works for Rolman. He said everyone at the steel yard knew Rolman, and their hearts were broken when they heard about Friday's incident.

"He gave me a job, got me back on my feet," Jefferies said. "I've been there a year and a half and that man would do anything for me."

"He's the best man in the world and I mean, you can't ask for a better boss than Jim (Rolman)."

In a plea for his boss's safety, Jefferies said, "Let him be free, come back to work and help people out again." 

Since Rolman gave so much help to Jefferies, the worried worker hopes to soon return the kind favor.

"Jim, thank you, I love you bud. And I'll walk up to the bank with you any time you need," he said.

The Lockland Police Department asks anyone with information in this case to call 513-761-1699.

WCPO reporter Evan Millward spoke with Jefferies Friday evening.

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