First State Bank of Ripley robbed, person of interest sought

by Brown County Crime Reporter, Dec 1, 2015

Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Ripley Police Department are investigating an armed bank robbery that happened on Monday morning, Nov 30.

Brown County Communications Center received a call at 11:19 AM from an employee of First State Bank of Ripley claiming a man with a bandana draped over his face had produced a handgun and demanded money. He fled with approximately $5,300 in cash, according to the caller.

Nearby, discarded clothes, boots and a fake handgun believed to be used during the robbery were located.

Deputy Chief Carl Smith of Brown County Sheriff’s Office reportedly told local newspaper News Democrat a person of interest is currently being sought.

The suspect allegedly fled with the stolen cash in a blue vinyl backpack and was described as approximately six foot tall by the 911 caller. He may have left the scene in a gray minivan driven by another unidentified individual.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Ripley Police Department’s hotline at 937-392-4169 or e-mail Corporal Joel Barnett at

Brown County Crime Reporter will continue to update as the case develops.

–Brown County Crime Reporter Dec 1, 2015 10:15 PM EST

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