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Bank door kept locked after long-ago robbery

Friday, June 8, 2007

After being robbed, the Center Point branch of the Riddell National Bank implemented a locked-door policy, according Senior Vice President and Security Officer Steve Kidwell.

Kidwell wasn't sure when the little small-town bank was robbed, but it was at least a decade ago.

"The policy was implemented because of a couple of robberies and has been in place at that bank since before I began working here, and that was at least 10 years ago," he said.

"The door remains locked during business hours so tellers can screen customers. Only the customers that tellers know are allowed inside."

On Thursday, tellers refused to unlock the door for a man wearing a ski mask.

When the tellers wouldn't let him inside, the suspect left without further incident.

"The bottom line is, if that door hadn't been locked the bank would have been robbed," he said.

Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Doug Barr agreed, saying that historically, bank robbers prey on small banks in remote locations.

Barr commended the bank for having the foresight to implement a locked-door policy and having well-trained employees who remained calm and did a great job of providing very detailed descriptions of the suspect.

Kidwell was pleased that no money was taken, no one injured and no damage occurred during the incident at the bank.

"The most important thing to happen today was our employees and customers remained safe," Kidwell said. "Everyone went home at the end of the day."

A statewide bulletin with the suspect's description has been issued by the Indiana State Police and the Clay County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the attempted bank robbery..

Although no weapon was displayed by the suspect during the robbery attempt, authorities consider the suspect to be dangerous.

If you see the suspect and/or his getaway vehicle, do not try to approach, authorities want you to call 911.

Anyone with information about this attempted bank robbery, know the whereabouts of the suspect or the suspect's vehicle, please contact the Clay County Sheriff's Dept at 812-446-2535.

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