Hogsett Announces Federal Bank Robbery Charges
TERRE HAUTE—Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced the indictment of Alan Wayne McCormick, 46, of Zionsville. McCormick was indicted on five counts of armed bank robbery.
“It is imperative that we go after those who steal peace of mind from the community,” said Hogsett. “Bank robberies put people in danger, both financially and physically.”
McCormick allegedly robbed five banks between July 2012 and March of this year. In each robbery, he followed a similar pattern and possessed a firearm or other dangerous weapon. The five banks are as follows:
- Citizens Bank, Eminence, Indiana, July 17, 2012 (Morgan County)
- First Financial Bank, (First State Bank) Poland, Indiana, September 18, 2012 (Clay County)
- Hoosier Heartland Bank, Lagoda, Indiana, August 12, 2013 (Montgomery County)
- Hoosier Heartland Bank, Linden, Indiana, January 16, 2014 (Montgomery County)
- Fountain Trust Bank, Darlington, Indiana, March 12, 2014 (Montgomery County)
Investigators from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department obtained video surveillance after the March 12, 2014 robbery of the Fountain Trust Bank in Darlington, Indiana. The vehicle used was a newer model amethyst gray Nisan Sentra with damage to the passenger side rearview mirror.
Investigators were led to McCormick, and a warrant was served on his residence in Zionsville. He later confessed to law enforcement his involvement in the five robberies he was charged with.
This was a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.
Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Kevin P. Lyons said, “The FBI remains committed to investigating bank robberies and bringing to justice those individuals that threaten and intimidate bank employees and citizens in our communities.”
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryAnn Mindrum who is prosecuting the case for the government, McCormick faces a possible term of 25 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine if convicted on each charge.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.