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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 1:15 am

Additional details have surfaced regarding Thursday’s arrest of the alleged bank robber who struck Darlington, Ladoga and Linden.

In a probable cause affidavit, Detective Matt McCarty of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detailed the investigation that led to the arrest of Alan Wayne McCormick.

Surveillance cameras at Fountain Trust Company in Darlington captured footage of McCormick fleeing the bank in a 2013 amethyst gray Nissan Sentra. The vehicle had distinctive decals and a broken passenger side mirror.

Law enforcement traced the vehicle’s description to Andy Mohr Automobile in Indianapolis. After contacting the dealership, police learned Brian Sterret of Zionsville owned the vehicle.

McCarty went to Sterret’s residence for questioning. Sterret’s wife advised McCarty that the vehicle was loaned to McCormick approximately three weeks beforehand. She also mentioned there was mirror damage to the right passenger side of the vehicle when it was loaned.

McCarty then met McCormick at a restaurant parking lot in Zionsville. McCormick arrived in the same vehicle that fled the Darlington bank robbery scene. At that time, McCormick returned the vehicle to the Sterret family.

Afterwards, Brian Sterret gave McCarty consent to search the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, McCarty found evidence that further linked McCormick to the robbery.

Following the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for McCormick’s Zionsville residence in the 7700 block of East State Road 334. Officers located a large amount of U.S. currency hidden in a drawer.

Later that night, McCarty interviewed McCormick at the Boone County Jail. McCormick confessed to robbing the Fountain Trust Company bank on March 12; Hoosier Heartland State Bank in Linden on Jan. 16; and Hoosier Heartland State Bank in Ladoga on Aug. 12, 2013. He also admitted to robbing two other banks in Clay and Morgan counties.

McCarty deemed the information provided by bank employees and McCormick credible. The information from bank employees corroborated with surveillance footage, while McCormick provide information against his penal interest.

McCormick was released from jail at 3:52 p.m. Thursday after posting $3,000 toward a $30,000 surety bond.

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