Police search for suspect in Lebanon bank robbery

News-DemocratMay 11, 2013 

Police were searching Saturday for a suspect who robbed a Lebanon bank.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank, at 108 W. St. Louis St., was robbed about 2:20 p.m. Friday. A white male suspect was described as about 6 feet tall, with a stocky build and dark hair, who was wearing a navy blue St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap, a white T-shirt and khaki shorts, according to Sgt. Steve Knepper.

The suspect did not display a weapon, but handed the teller a note demanding money, police said.

No injuries were reported.

The suspect left the scene driving a red vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet HHR.

The Lebanon Police Department, the FBI and the Illinois State Police crime scene investigators are investigating the robbery.

Police asked that anyone with information call Lebanon Police at 618-537-6131.

Lebanon had at least two bank robberies last year.

Carla R. Walker, 43, who was known as the "flip-flop bandit" because she fled in bright green flip flops, admitted to pointing a pellet gun to rob the First Federal Savings Bank of Lebanon in March 2012. She was sentenced to 51 months in prison.

Also, a person wearing a clown mask displayed a shotgun and robbed the First Federal Savings Bank of Mascoutah's Lebanon branch in September.

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