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Search continues for suspect in Tri-County bank robbery

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department is continuing its search for a suspect involved in Friday's robbery of the Tri-County Bank at Russellville.

The suspect, who Det. Mike Biggs now believes may be male or female, entered the small operation at around 10 a.m. Friday and after presenting the teller with a note, made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Biggs told the BannerGraphic Monday evening that he is planning to meet with other law enforcement agencies this week who have experienced similar crimes to try and determine the identity of the suspect.

Witness inside and outside the bank helped the sheriff's department determine the suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, ball cap and multi-colored scarf around his or her face.

"The bank employees did a great job," Biggs said.

Meanwhile, Biggs said he believes bank officials are considering additional measures to defend against future robberies, but he did not elaborate on what they might be.

According to Biggs, this is the fourth time in recent years the bank has been targeted, including Robert Hollingsworth, also a young man from Waynetown, and thirdly, an attempted robbery.

"We've been fortunate we've got them all, except this latest one," Biggs said.

Anyone with information is asked to the call the sheriff's department at 653-1810 or the Central Dispatch Center 653-5115.

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I too started an investigation last Sunday afternoon. I haven't been to Russelville for the last twenty years. Therefore, I felt that my unbiased mind may see something that others may overlook. I also believe that it is male or female, but have failed to nail down the species at this time. I'm leaning toward a giraffe.

-- Posted by gunner on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 11:47 AM

Male or female, who are you kidding. Is this why they need more training? They believe it was either male or female? I think i'll send this one into Jay Leno. This really made me laugh this morning. Are you sure it wasn't the long lost, not seen for a while "goat man"

-- Posted by cty-govt-a-muck on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 7:29 AM

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