ISP investigates robbery at First Financial Bank in Farmersburg

Pictured: Suspect during robbery (Provided Photo/ISP)
Pictured: Suspect during robbery (Provided Photo/ISP)

FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTHI) – Around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday officials responded to a 911 call of a robbery that happened at the First Financial Bank in Farmersburg.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts reports a black male approached the tellers, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect is believed to be 5’6″ to 5’7″, thin build, wearing a dark hat with red STL letters, dark mask, green sunglasses, dark sweater type shirt, dark pants and white gloves.

Picture believed to show suspect vehicle fleeing northbound on US 41. (Provided Photo/ ISP)
Picture believed to show suspect vehicle fleeing northbound on US 41. (Provided Photo/ ISP)

Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy Khris Morris and his K-9 “Blitz” searched the area and report they did find evidence but they are not releasing that information as of Wednesday afternoon. Officials believe the suspect fled on foot, northeast from the bank.

They then believe he got in a white Chrysler with some sort of damage to the passenger side and headed north on U.S. 41 out of Farmersburg.

“Blitz” was able to track the suspect northeast of the bank through yards to where investigators believe the suspect vehicle was parked along Cyrus Street.

Northeast North Elementary performed a ‘supervised dismissal’ after being on lock down throughout the afternoon.

Police are also collecting video from surrounding businesses to aid in the search.

All of us go in a bank, which is why police say we should think of what we would do in that scary circumstance.

“Do what they feel they need to do to stay safe, that’s first and foremost. Be good witnesses. Don’t try and be a hero, be a good witness. You have to save your life while you’re in there. You never know if these things can turn bad or not. So just try and think of what you might do beforehand,” said Sergeant Joe Watts, Indiana State Police.

This isn’t the first time this particular bank has been targeted.

What makes it so attractive to criminals?

“It’s a small town and it’s easy access to U.S. 41 which is a four-lane highway that travels north and south. So, it’s a small town possibly and it’s easy access and getaway,” said Sergeant Watts.

The bank employees and two customers were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. They were shaken, but no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact ISP Detective Mike Taylor at 765-653-4114, the Putnamville Post.

 

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