HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (March 13, 2015) – Friday morning Fortville experienced a power outage, a bomb threat, and a bank robbery all within the course of a few hours.
At about 10:30 a.m. the power went out at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, and about 15 minutes later the school received a bomb threat. The call came in from a 702 area code which comes back from the Las Vegas, Nevada area. Fortville officers along with officers from McCordsville, Fishers, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Madison County Sheriff’s department and the Indiana State Police EOD team responded to the threat and evacuated the building.
Once the building was evacuated, officer’s cleared the building with the assistance of several bomb sniffing K-9s. No destructive devices were found. And the power outage was due to a tree limb that fell on the line.
At about 11:30 a.m. the Greenfield Bank in Fortville was robbed. The male suspect entered the bank, handed the teller a note demanding money, the teller complied, and the suspect exited the bank in an unknown direction. The suspect did not display a weapon and no one was injured in the robbery.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-twenties, 5’10 to 6’0 tall, approximately 150 – 180 pounds, wearing a camouflage hat and a gray Ball State Basketball hooded sweatshirt. He also has a star tattoo on his left hand.
If you have any information regarding these events please notify the Fortville Police Department.
The Fortville PD does not have any evidence that these events are tied together, although they say it is very uncommon for Fortville to have three major events in one day.