LINDEN — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man suspected of robbing the Hoosier Heartland State Bank in Linden on Wednesday disguised in a fake gray beard and a gray wig.
The suspect — described as a white man between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighing 200 pounds — entered the bank around its regular noon Wednesday closing time. He was also wearing glasses, blue jeans and a black Columbia windbreaker jacket with a hood.
Montgomery County Sheriff Ryan Needham said the man displayed a handgun to tellers and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
“I don’t know what all he did say other than the conversation about, you know, ‘give me the money,’” Needham said.
No one was injured during the encounter. The suspect was last seen leaving the bank northbound on foot. Needham said county canine units tracked the suspect to the north, but eventually lost the scent.
The Lafayette Police Department informed local authorities that the suspect matched the description of a man who robbed the Regions Bank in the 3000 block of Union Street, Lafayette, on Aug. 26.
In that suspected robbery, a white male wearing glasses also fled on foot wearing a fake beard. That beard, however, was brown and the suspect had on a white baseball cap.
According to Lafayette police, the suspect displayed a note demanding money to a bank teller and didn’t reveal a weapon.
Police haven’t said if the robberies are connected.
“We are aware of it,” Needham said. “It’s too early for me to make that determination.”
A comparison of images from surveillance video shows similar facial features, specifically the cheekbones and nose. Images from the August robbery also reveals a suspect with short or shaved hair on the sides and back. The man suspected of robbing the Hoosier Heartland State Bank in Linden was less exposed with a thicker fake beard and wig that covered most of his head.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Travis King at 765-362-3740 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Linden Town Marshal, Waynetown Town Marshal and Indiana State Police.