Crittenden County Bank Robbed

NOVEMBER 30, 2004 -- Posted at: 10:45pm CST

MARION, AR - Marion investigators said a white male with short hair wearing a dark colored toboggan on his head walked into the First Community Bank. He handed a teller a note demanding all of her money. A driver in a black Jeep Wrangler was waiting outside to make a getaway.

After leaving the bank, the suspects entered onto I-55 and headed north towards Jonesboro. An off duty firefighter heard the description of the getaway vehicle, and saw it exit from I-55 onto Highway 63 North. He then notified authorities.

"It wasn't long, we spotted a vehicle on Highway 63 fitting the description given," said Tony Turner, a Patrolman for the Tyronza Police Department.

Turner and another officer stopped the vehicle. They saw a man and a woman that fit the descriptions of the suspects, and found the small treasure that had been taken.

Turner explained, "I observed between the driver's seat and the passenger's seat a black toboggan that was filled with a large amount of money."

Both of them were arrested without resisting. Neither said a single word.

"Until I placed him under arrest and gave him his Miranda rights," Tony Turner added. "I asked him were he had been, and he told me that he had been riding around in towns."

Investigators with the Marion Police Department drove to Tyronza to pick up their suspects, who only spent about 20 minutes with their cap of cash.

"It makes us feel good to know that you know that the money will be returned and they'll have to go to court on what they done," admitted Turner.

The Marion Police Chief withheld the names of the suspects Tuesday night until more of the investigation was complete. Authorities aren't sure how much money was taken, but they do believe all of it was recovered.