Bank takes steps to help employees cope with robbery
Sheriff: No new developments in investigation
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 12:45 PM
LINDEN -- There have been no new developments in the investigation into the armed robbery of the Hoosier Heartland State Bank in Linden that happened Friday afternoon, said Sheriff Mark Casteel on Tuesday morning.
The Paper photo by Frank Phillips.
This HHSB bank in Linden has been robbed three times since 2007.
"Nothing new at this point," Casteel stated in a text, responding to our call.
Being a bank employee during a robbery is, at least, stressful, but employees of the Linden bank are handling Friday's robbery well, said Brad Monts, president of HHSB.
"They are continuing to talk through the situation and are able to talk about it internally with us," Monts said. "They did a great job."
Monts said the Linden employees were back at work Tuesday following the three-day Labor Day weekend.
Officers are looking for two black males who carried handguns and made their getaway on foot, walking north, along U.S. 231, from the bank. Bank employees said they did not see a vehicle, however a witness later told officers they saw two black males driving a newer model silver Chevy Impala, headed north on U.S. 231, Casteel said.
The robbery appeared to be an isolated incident, Monts said.
The bank company has had both its Linden and Ladoga branches robbed in recent years. As a result, the company has enhanced its security measures in its branches, employees receive security training annually and new employees receive security training on their first day at work.
"We take security very seriously," Monts said.
He praised the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department for doing "a tremendous job" following the robbery.
Friday was the third time the Linden bank has been robbed during business hours since 2007.
A Lafayette man, Scott D. Moore, 53, was arrested in connection with the robbery in August of 2007. The bank was robbed Jan. 16 and Alan Wayne McCormick, 46, of Zionsville was arrested in connection with that robbery.
McCormick was also charged with the robberies of two other Montgomery County banks: the HHSB bank in Ladoga on Aug. 12, 2013, and the Fountain Trust Bank in Darlington on March 12 as well as banks in Clay and Morgan counties.