Police are searching for a man who robbed two banks Thursday morning in Jackson County.
The first robbery was reported at 10:49 a.m. at Centra Credit Union, 520 S. Jackson Park Drive in Seymour. The second was reported at 11:45 a.m. at The Peoples Bank branch at 310 N. Armstrong St. in Crothersville.
Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said video surveillance shows the same man robbed both banks.
He is described as white and fair-skinned, about 6 feet, roughly 200 pounds, with short, reddish/brown hair. Abbott said he’s clean shaven with sideburns.
During the Seymour robbery, the suspect wore a blue-and-white button-up plaid shirt with a dark T-shirt underneath. He also wore camouflage cargo shorts and a camouflage hat.
The man wore the same attire at the Crothersville bank except he changed his shirt to one that had the words “Mr. Rogers” printed on it.
Abbott said the first robbery began when the man walked into Centra Credit Union and passed the teller a note.
“There was some communication with the teller, and she obviously followed his demands,” Abbott said. “He did get an undetermined amount of cash.”
At the time, there were two customers in the Seymour bank and another entering.
No injuries were reported in either robbery, Abbott said.
Abbott said the man fled on foot to a vehicle parked southwest of the bank at an apartment complex near Oak Street and Miller Lane. Police have no description of the vehicle.
Police believe he acted alone.
“It’s hard to say if someone else was involved. There’s always that possibility,” Abbott said.
Police said the man then drove to the Crothersville bank and robbed it in a similar way — handing the teller a note and then fleeing on foot, according to state police Sgt. Noel Houze. The state police are investigating the Crothersville robbery.
Houze said the man did not display a weapon during the Crothersville robbery.
Abbott said detectives from the law enforcement agencies will compare notes and evidence as they continue the investigations.
“Obviously, there’s a whole lot of information we’re piecing together between us,” Abbott said.
Area agencies, such as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Department, also were notified immediately after the first robbery.
Abbott said the first officers arrived at the scene at 10:52 a.m., minutes after the 911 call was received.
His officers were seen surrounding the Seymour bank on Thursday afternoon with their K-9 unit dog sniffing the area.
Cash was found on the ground behind the bank.
“I’m guessing he dropped it,” Abbott said. “It was in an envelope, and it may have been stuck in his pocket and fell out as he ran.”
Abbott said police were unsure Thursday afternoon how much money had been taken.
“We’re still waiting on a final countdown from the bank,” he said.
Margaret R. Brown Elementary School and Crothersville Community Schools, which are both within the area of the two banks, were put on lockdown as a precaution.