Police: Same man robbed two Vermilion County banks

Police: Same man robbed two Vermilion County banks

DANVILLE — Authorities believe that a man who robbed the Oakwood Community Bank at gunpoint on Wednesday afternoon is the same person who robbed a Danville bank earlier this month.

"That's him, just a different tank top and ball cap," Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said immediately upon seeing a picture of the Oakwood bank robber.

"It's the same guy," agreed Capt. Rod Kaag of the Vermilion County sheriff's department, which is investigating the Oakwood bank robbery along with Oakwood police.

Kaag added that the man is a possible suspect in other bank robberies in Indiana.

The armed robbery at the Oakwood bank, 106 S. Oakwood St., occurred around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff's investigators also released three pictures of the suspect taken by the Oakwood bank's security camera.

In Oakwood, a man walked into the bank, approached a teller, displayed a handgun and asked for money, according to sheriff's investigators. After he was given an undisclosed amount, he ran out of the bank.

The robber was described as a white man in his late 30s to early 40s, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a stocky build. He was wearing a light-colored tank top, camouflage-colored cargo pants, a baseball cap and dark sunglasses.

The incident occurred nine days after an armed robbery at First Midwest Bank's main branch, 27 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Thomason said police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are still working the case and have not made an arrest yet.

Around 10:35 a.m. on Aug. 12, a man walked into the bank, approached one of the tellers, displayed a small gun and demanded money. After he was given an undisclosed amount, he left out of the west door.

That robber was described as a white male in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a dark-colored tank top, camouflage pants with large pockets on the sides, a black baseball cap and sunglasses.

Police later recovered footage from a security camera a block away that showed a man matching that description getting into a gold-colored passenger vehicle.

Sheriff's investigators said witnesses at the Oakwood bank did not see whether the man got into a vehicle.

Anyone who recognizes the man or has any information about the bank robberies are asked to call Danville police at 431-2245, the sheriff's department at 442-4080 or Crimestoppers, which offers a reward, at 446-TIPS (8477).

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm
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Well, I'll be damned. It's D.B. Cooper.