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Robbery suspect still at-large

Friday, September 1, 2006

Putnam County law enforcement agencies are still on the hunt for the suspect involved in the Friday bank robbery at First National Bank, 1140 Indianapolis Road in Greencastle.

According to Greencastle Police Chief Tom Sutherlin, at 9:55 a.m., a lone gunman entered the bank and demanded money from the tellers.

Newspaper carrier Geneva Trimble, Greencastle, was inside the bank when the robbery occurred. She said the man yelled at the tellers, "Open it (the gate that leds behind the tellers' station), unlock it now."

Trimble said the robber was waving his gun around and ordered everybody out of the offices and for the tellers to open the cash drawers. She also said he repeatedly asked for the bundled bank money and for it to be unbundled.

Trimble's sister, Rebecca Mundy, Poland, was in the parking lot and watched the robber enter the bank. Mundy told the BannerGraphic Friday afternoon that she waited until the robber had entered the bank before getting out of her car to see what he was doing. She said she wanted to be sure he was up to something before she called the police.

Mundy could not see into the bank due to the blinds, so she went to the door to look in. She said she saw the robber with the gun and a trash can being filled with money.

Mundy became scared when the robber looked in her direction. She thought he had see her and she feared he might panic and start shooting.

Mundy said she then headed back out when she noticed a car pulling into the parking lot. She jumped into the gentleman's car and told him not to go into the bank. "I don't normally do that," she said, but she feared for the gentleman's safety.

Trimble told the BannerGraphic that the robber scooped the money up into a brown trash bin and took off with it.

Mundy said she and the gentleman watched the robber exit the bank and take off across Indianapolis Road. Mundy then ran into Dr. Steve Kissel's office, 1148 Indianapolis Rd., and told them to call 911. "Its something you don't expect anything like that to happen," she said.

Sutherlin said, "After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, (the suspect) left the building running northbound across Indianapolis Road to Round Barn Manor parking lot."

Sutherlin also said the suspect was seen climbing into a late 1980s to early 1990s model Jeep Cherokee red to maroon in color.

The suspect was last seen traveling southbound on 10th Street and eastbound on Airport Road.

First National Bank has signs posted on its windows and doors stating they are temporarily shut down due to an emergerncy.

Patrons of this bank can visit the First National at Wal-Mart.

Greencastle Police Department was assisted on the scene and in the search by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, the Indiana State Police, and FBI.

According to Sutherlin, the suspect is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 2 inches in height, 200 to 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a yellow rain coat with the hood pulled over his head and black mask covering his face.

Sutherlin is urging anyone with information in regards to the incident or information on the suspects whereabouts to contact GPD at (765) 653-2925.

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