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February 15, 2013

Four agencies looking for serial bank robber

ANDERSON, Ind. — The FBI and four police agencies are pooling information to track down an elderly man suspected of robbing three banks in two months.

Marion, Kokomo and Anderson police believe the same man robbed a Regions Bank in Marion on Dec. 28, a Star Financial Bank in Kokomo on Jan. 24 and the Ameriana bank in the 1700 block of E. 53rd Street on Wednesday, said Anderson Detective Joel Sandefur.

Muncie police and FBI branches in Muncie and Indianapolis have also been alerted to watch for the suspect.

“The connection is very strong in all three robberies. We’re very sure it’s the same man,” Sandefur said.

The man is believed to be elderly, with very distinct and rough hand features, Sandefur said. The man is described by witnesses as white, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches with a heavy build and having crooked fingers, believed to be a result of a lifetime of work with his hands.He’s also been armed with a handgun but hasn’t used it or acted violently yet.

During each robbery, the man was also wearing glasses and an old-man’s mask, Sandefur said. The man has escaped from each incident in a two-door black Chevy coupe.

“The hands are really his defining feature. That and the car are what we’re looking out for,” Sandefur said.

In all three robberies, the man entered the bank, approached the teller station and handed the tellers a note asking for cash. Sandefur said the man has acted thoroughly and meticulously in each case.

“He knows what he’s looking for. He’s not in a hurry. He’s very specific,” Sandefur said.

Each incident has been during the mid-morning, 10 a.m., 10:30 and 9:30, respectively.

“We’re hoping someone knows who he is and will step forward,” Sandefur said. “We don’t think he’s from Anderson, but if he hits again it could be anywhere.”

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Anderson police at (765)648-6730 or (765) 648-6775. Tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers, 765-649-8310 or sent via email to crimestoppers@cityofanderson.com.

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