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Red door may help keep someone out of troublePosted Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 3:45 PM
The Great Depression spawned some pretty spectacular, and frequent, bank robberies and some of those robbers have become legends -- Machine Gun Kelly, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde.
I read the books and saw the movies but thought robbing banks had long gone out of style. Nobody robs a bank anymore -- or do they? More and more bank robberies seem to be making headlines across the country and some of those are close to home.
Just this week, on Tuesday afternoon, a bank was robbed in Riley. Stories contained all the usual words and phrases ... wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt, displayed a handgun, demanded money, undisclosed sum of cash, fled the scene, officers are still searching, believed to be headed, in a blue or silver car.
A silver car? Don't come looking for me, it wasn't mine, my car has a red door.
On Monday afternoon, a bank in Bloomington was robbed. The getaway car in that one was a red SUV.
Another Bloomington bank robbery occurred on March 5 -- the robber fled on foot. This same bank was robbed twice in 2008.
And early in January, a woman was arrested for robbing the Owen County State Bank branch in Bloomington. She fled the scene in a maroon Pontiac.
Back in December, a bank in Shelburn was robbed. Initial reports said the robber fled in a gray or silver two-door compact.
Silver again? I wish these people would stop driving silver compact cars on bank jobs.
Awhile back, an ISP trooper knocked on my door and he wasn't there to ask me to write a story about how many tickets he'd written. I wasn't there at the time but he told my mother he wanted to ask me some questions about my car. His appearance first scared the heck out of our family, then gave rise to a number of jokes -- "What did your car do?" and "Mom's been out robbing banks!" and "Where's Mom got the money stashed?" and "Where was Mom on the night of ...."
Until I talked to another trooper the next day, we didn't know what it was about but it turned out they really were investigating bank robberies!
Starting in December through about February or so, one person was suspected of at least five bank robberies in Indiana and witnesses were able to describe the getaway car. One story I read said it was an older two-door silver Dodge Neon. Yes -- that sounds like my car, except for that darned door. I'm sure any witness would have noticed the door.
The first robbery was at the Owen Community Bank in Spencer on Dec. 10. Then there was the First Financial Bank in Hartford City on Dec. 15 followed by the M & I Bank in Pendleton on Dec. 16. The First Merchants Bank in Liberty was robbed on Jan. 7 and later on, the First Financial Bank in Rushville.
When I talked to the second trooper on the phone, I was at the office and he said he wanted to ask me some questions and take pictures of my car. Go right ahead! It's in the parking lot out back. I told him to make sure he got a pic of the passenger-side door and that I had a county-full of witnesses that would agree it had been that way for a long, long time.
I don't know whether he actually did drive through the lot and take pictures of that door but he never came into the office and I didn't hear anything more about it.
So, you see, there are some advantages to having a duct-taped door. Now that I've got a red door -- the question is to paint or not paint. It is quite distinctive.
It's not that I mind talking to state troopers, but I like it much, much better when I'm the one calling them asking the questions.
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