News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 15, 2013

UPDATE: Police investigating Farmersburg bank robbery

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

FARMERSBURG — Authorities are investigating a bank robbery that occurred about 10 a.m. today at the First Financial Bank branch in Farmersburg.

According to Indiana State Police, a dark-colored, four-door passenger vehicle pulled up to the front doors; a male left the passenger side of the car, entered the bank and handed one of the tellers a note demanding money.

A weapon was “inferred, but not seen,” according to Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police.

The teller released money to the suspect, but police are not saying how much.

The male suspect then left the bank and got into the car on the passenger side, which fled north on U.S. 41. Police believe someone else drove the vehicle.

No customers were in the bank and no one was injured.

The suspect was described as an African-American male, 6-feet to 6-feet 5-inches tall, 185 to 200 pounds, with possibly some type of skin condition, wearing a black Chicago White Sox flat bill style cap, aviator style sunglasses, white long sleeve under shirt with a blue outer T-shirt, white cotton style gloves on both hands and gray baggy sweat style pants.

Assisting the ISP were the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office and the Farmersburg Town Marshal. The FBI also is involved.

It’s possible the two men in the car were waiting for customers to leave, Watts said. If anyone in the Farmersburg area noticed two males in a dark-colored vehicle sitting anywhere near the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 41, or driving by, they should contact Indiana State Police or the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.

“Someone surely has had to see something and maybe they didn’t recognize what they saw,” he said.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact Indiana State Police Detective Tom Hanks at the Putnamville Post, 765-653-4114 or the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 812-268-4044.