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Let's quit bashing our police -- they did a great job nabbing the robbery suspectPosted Thursday, September 11, 2008, at 8:20 PM
I'm amazed by the level of negativity exhibited by some of our web posters that was directed at local law enforcement officers in the wake of the first armed bank robbery in Linton in more than eight years.
Early Wednesday afternoon, a brazen young man walked into a downtown Linton bank branch carrying a rifle and a backpack. He demanded cash from the MainSource Bank teller. She quickly complied and he walked out of the bank in broad daylight with some ill-gotten cash. The exact amount has not been revealed by police or the bank officials, but that's really not important. The fact remains the bank was robbed at gunpoint -- a serious and dangerous criminal act.
None of the bank employees are customers in the branch during the hold up were hurt.
Within a matter of minutes officers -- both on duty and off-duty -- from the Linton Police Department and Worthington Police Department as well as the Greene County Sheriff's Department and Indiana Conservation Officers were on the scene. Securing the scene, interviewing witnesses and combing the area for the lone male gunman.
The local lawmen got some help from the Indiana State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and made an arrest less than nine hours after the hold up.
The suspect is now behind bars.
Now that's some good professional police work by any standards and we should all be proud of all our law enforcement officers for their efforts.
Some of the comments on the website were down right cruel and ill-informed.
There were comments referring to inappropriate dress by some of the officers. What the posters failed to realize or acknowledge was a good number of these officers were engaged in firearms training at the local FOP when the bank's hold-up alarm came in.
Were the officers supposed to go home and get into their "dress blues"?
No, they did the responsible thing and came quickly to the crime scene and didn't worry about whether they were going to offend the citizen "style police".
They did the job they are trained to do.
My hat is off to the local police for a job well done.
And for those who can belch out nothing but negativity and garbage in your comments, my advice is -- get a life.
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