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Robbery suspect at large

Thursday, February 24, 2005

ROADBLOCK: Officers from law enforcement agencies in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri set up roadblocks just north of the Mammoth Spring Bank after the bank was robbed Feb. 18.
$2,650 taken from Mammoth Spring Bank

"He walked in and he walked out," Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said about the lone gunman who robbed the Mammoth Spring Bank Feb. 18.

Bank officials reported $2,650 was taken in the robbery. The officials said they were instructed by investigators not to release any details of the robbery.

According to the sheriff's department, a 6-foot, 4-inch white male entered the bank, located on Main Street at 2:20 p.m. He held a handgun and demanded money.

Dillinger said bank employees described the robber as having a slight build with a gray beard. He was wearing a stocking cap, denim shirt and black pants. The shirt the man is believed to have worn was found a short time later just north of the bank on a side street.

The robber is thought to have walked out of the bank and turned left down Main Street, taking the first left, which is North 4th Street.

Tracking dogs were brought in from the North Central Arkansas Correctional Facility at Calico Rock, but the sheriff said the dogs didn't really aid in the search; they were not able to pick up a scent.

The Baxter County Sheriff's Department helicopter was also brought to Mammoth Spring and spent two hours searching the densely wooded area north of the bank on the Arkansas-Missouri state line.

Roadblocks were established on all streets north of the bank with every vehicle being stopped and many searched. Other roadblocks were set up as far south as Ash Flat.

The neighborhood along Main Street was unusually quite the day of the robbery. Tom Huffman, who owns and operates McKeller's Market beside the bank, was gone on an errand when the robbery occurred and did not know the bank had been robbed until he returned to his business.

Other business owners and residents near the bank said they saw nothing unusual the day of the robbery.

Dillinger said computer technology will be an asset in tracking the thief. "We have names and we have faces that have been and will be run through our computer system," the sheriff said.

The sheriff said more than likely an accomplice with a vehicle was waiting for the robber and they were probably far into Missouri before the search got into full swing.

Fulton County officers were assisted in the search by officers with the Mammoth Spring Police Department, Oregon County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police.

As of press time no one had been charged in the robbery. Dillinger said anyone with any information about the robbery should call his office at 870-895-2601.

The bank was closed Monday for Presidents Day.

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