The Parke County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help in identifying and arresting a suspected bank robber.
On April 12 the Farmer's State Bank of Ladoga was robbed by a lone masked gunman. The gunman entered the bank at 9:08 a.m. wearing a bandana as a mask, pointed a handgun at bank employees and demanded money. The robber was described as "not too tall" with brown wavy or curly hair, a goatee, brown eyes, age of 18 to mid 20s, and weight of 150 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a tan Carhartt type stocking cap, a red and black plaid insulated shirt with a hood, jeans, and brown shoes or boots. The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money in an 80's model Chevrolet car, black in color with a red stripe on the sides. The car was described by witnesses as possibly a Chevrolet Beretta or Lumina. Similarities between this robbery and the robbery of the First Financial Bank of Marshall on March 14 have led investigators to believe that the two banks were robbed by the same individual.
Chief Deputy Eddie McHargue stated "It is possible that the suspect is residing in our area, and it is likely that he will strike again. He may even return to the Marshall or Ladoga banks. Regarding the Marshall bank robbery, the suspect was in Marshall at least 30 minutes prior to the robbery, as his vehicle was spotted by several residents. He was seen circling the bank, driving in an alley, and parked in a parking lot where he could watch the bank. In the Ladoga bank robbery, the suspect was observed pulling up in front of the bank and looking in the windows from his vehicle, prior to the robbery. He then drove away, and minutes later parked in the parking lot and walked into the bank.
"We believe the suspect is checking the area for law enforcement, and has the bank under surveillance prior to the robbery to determine if there are customers inside. With this information in the publics hand, a keen-eyed citizen may spot the suspicious vehicle and be able to report it to police before a robbery occurs. We are asking everyone to be aware of the vehicles and persons in their communities, and report anything suspicious to the Sheriff's Department immediately."
Anyone with information concerning the person described or in the photo should call the Parke County Sheriff's Department.