Authorities Arrest Suspected Armed Robber

By Katie Hargitt

Published 06/06 2014 04:28PM

Updated 06/06 2014 07:02PM

A suspected bank robber targeted small communities thinking that would help him escape capture. And that worked...for a while, but now he's in jail.

The suspect is Alan McCormick and he is accused of robbing five banks, including one in the Wabash Valley.

McCormick's allegedly robbed the First State Bank in Clay County in September 2012. Investigators believe it was the second of five robberies committed by McCormick. Federal officials charge the 46-year-old also robbed banks in Morgan and Montgomery counties over a year and a half span. In each instance, he was armed and on two occasions he claimed to have explosive devices. This was a joint investigation between the FBI, Montgomery county, Morgan county and Clay county sheriffs' departments. Authorities say the Zionsville native focused on smaller communities because they typically lack the security and technology of some of the larger cities.
"These types of bank robberies in smaller communities, branches that are how shall we say ... isolated a bit ... they do tend to be easily accessible. I mean in and out so that you don't have a lot of traffic. You don't have a lot of impediments," said United States Attorney Joe Hogsett.

But in the end, it was technology that landed him in jail. Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies used surveillance video to identify his car and make the arrest at his home in Zionsville. McCormick faces up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he's convicted.

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