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Robbery attempt results in arrest

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Columbus police have arrested a Seymour man after an attempted robbery of the PNC Bank, 1830 25th St.

Kelly L. Hughes, 29, is accused of attempted robbery, a Class C felony, after he was arrested about noon Thursday. He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Police arrested Hughes after a tip was called in to the department that a suspicious person matching the would-be robbery suspect’s description was spotted near 11th Street, Police Chief Jason Maddix said.

The attempted robbery was reported at 10:41 a.m. Thursday, Maddix said.

A man walked into the bank at the 25th Street Shopping Center and handed a note to a clerk demanding money, Maddix said.

No weapon was displayed, and the individual didn’t obtain any money, the chief said. The man, dressed in a tan jacket, sunglasses and a tan fisherman’s-style hat, left the bank and headed south, police said.

Police believe the man took off the jacket and hat as the items were found near the bank, Maddix said. Police arrived within a minute of the robbery call, he said.

When arrested, Hughes was not wearing the clothing that is visible in the bank surveillance photos that police released to the media shortly after the attempted robbery.

The bank was closed for a time after the incident, and customers were directed to the ATM or to the PNC Washington Street branch downtown for transactions.

Police are asking for anyone with additional information about the incident to contact Sgt. Tom Foust at 812-376-2600.

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