Bank robbery is not often talked about in Lawrenceville, Illinois, because it so rarely happens. Most of the crime that takes place in this small town are drug busts and the occasional murder.
However, a bank robbery is precisely what happened on Thursday morning, July 24th, 2014.
According to the Lawrenceville Police Department, a six-foot tall, 200 pound, white male with dark hair entered through the front door of First Financial Bank, located at 1601 State Street, at 8:30 am. He was wearing black clothing (a West Coast Choppers t-shirt) and a black baseball cap. He also had masking tape covering most of his face to obscure his identity.
He reportedly demanded money, then jumped over the counter and emptied the cash drawers. He then fled back out the front door. The man did not appear to have a weapon and no one was injured.
The Lawrenceville Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Sumner Police Department, and St. Francisville Police Department searched the area on foot and by car, but had no luck locating the suspect. The Illinois State Police were also called in to help process the crime scene.
Not long after it happened, news of the robbery spread quickly over the Internet, especially over the social media sites, like Facebook. Yet, so far, no one seems to know anything about who did it.
The search for the suspect is ongoing and the police could use your help.
Anyone with information about the suspect should call 943-4946 or 943-5766 to leave an anonymous tip.