Fortville robbery, bomb threat suspect sentenced

Matthew Irwin mug shot
Photo provided by Hancock County Jail.

FORTVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A Fortville man who was charged in connection to a bomb threat and Fortville bank robbery in March has been sentenced.

According to court records, 30-year-old Matthew Irwin was sentenced to five years. He was given 278 days of credit for time already served.

On March 17 police say Irwin called in a bomb threat to Mt. Vernon High School and less than an hour later the Greenfield Bank Co. was robbed. The bank is about two miles from the school. At first thought the crimes were a coincidence, but surveillance video and cell phone records showed they were committed by the same person.

Video from the bank’s security feed showed a man wearing a fake beard. Police said he handed the teller a note demanding money before making off with some cash.

Police then traced the bomb threat call to a pay phone at a Speedway gas station in Anderson.

They checked surveillance video inside and found a man at the gas station counter minutes before the call was made. He was wearing a sweatshirt that matched the robbery suspect.

Twenty-year-old Britney Krieg also faces charges in the crime. She faces one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, false informing and intimidation.

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