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By SHARON GRAVES
Landmark News Service
A man who robbed the First National Bank on Highland Avenue Friday afternoon, Jan. 23, is still at large, and bank officials are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.
The robbery occurred in broad daylight, and even though the streets swarmed with law enforcement officers immediately after dispatch received the call, the suspect managed to slip away.
Photos taken by security cameras at the bank show the perpetrator in the act and then walking out of the bank. He is described as a medium- to heavy-set white male in his 20s or 30s, wearing blue uniform-style pants, a red T-shirt with a wide white horizontal stripe, a red ball cap under the hood of a heavy jacket, and dark sunglasses. Photos also show he is wearing work gloves and possibly cowboy boots, and is carrying what appears to be a long, white envelope.
Detective Jason Brown of Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg is leading the investigation; KSP immediately released photos from surveillance tapes to the media, along with the description of the suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged to call him at (502) 532-6363.
Greg Goff, bank president and chief executive officer, praised bank employees for handling the ordeal in a professional manner. “We had a good [emergency] plan in action, and it worked,” he said, adding that the whole thing happened very quickly. “I’m really thankful no one was hurt.”
Goff said KSP has asked bank employees not to release any additional information about the robbery, which is still being investigated.
The bank was closed for much of the afternoon, but reopened by 5 p.m. The First National Bank branch office at 2639 State Hwy. 227 remained open throughout the day, Goff said.
Goff said he didn’t know if First National had ever been robbed before, and couldn’t recall it happening in the 20 years he’s worked there.
Chip Perry, public information officer for KSP, said that law enforcement officials are following up on leads received since the robbery.
“We are looking at all possibilities and have gotten a lot of leads over the weekend,” he said, adding that the photos of the suspect have been sent to other cities, including Louisville, so law enforcement officers can check them against photos of other known bank robbers.
Randy Tharp, 911 dispatch supervisor, said that the bank’s security alarm rings into dispatch automatically, and officers are sent out immediately to answer any call. The dispatcher then calls the bank to determine why the alarm was set off.
Assistant Police Chief Steve Abbott said police knew before they arrived on the scene that the bank had been robbed, so officers immediately began to search for the suspect in Carrollton.
Perry said the suspect escaped on foot and walked south on Sixth Street. He said no witnesses, so far, saw him get into a vehicle.
Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Tim Gividen, who was just reporting for his shift, answered the call along with Abbott. Perry, who was in town on other business, also responded immediately. KSP sent a total of eight units to the scene and Carrollton Police sent five units.