Hardy Bank Robbery Suspect Still At Large

August 8, 2006--Posted at 6:50 p.m. CDT

HARDY, AR--Most mornings are very quiet on Main Street in Hardy, but Tuesday morning something was different.

"Shortly after 9:00 a.m. I was contacted by the First Community Bank in Hardy. They informed me they had been robbed," said Hardy Police Chief Ernest Rose.

Five employees were inside the First Community Bank on Main Street when a white male entered the bank and made threats with a gun. He exited the bank on foot but left law enforcement with an important lead.

"We have very good video surveillance from the bank," said Rose.

Police describe the man as a clean cut, around 40 years in age, roughly 5'11" and 190 pounds. While they have a clear description, they are somewhat cloudy as to what he did after robbing the bank.

"At this time, we are not sure if he had a vehicle sitting there or not. So, we of course are canvassing the area surrounding Hardy. Immediately we put out a bulletin of about a 60 mile radius around Hardy," said Rose.

No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery; however, officials believe they have a great chance of finding the suspect because of several features that set him apart.

"He had tattoos on both of his forearms and we believe he had a tattoo under his left eye. He had it covered with a band-aid," said Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver.

Law enforcement urges anyone with information as to the suspect's whereabouts to contact their local law enforcement and don't approach the suspect.

"We could consider him armed and dangerous, so people don't need to mess with him and should just report him to the proper authorities," said Weaver.

None of the employees of the First Community in Hardy were hurt in the robbery. The First Community Bank was closed for several hours after the robbery but opened up the teller drive through windows later in the day. They plan to re-open completely Wednesday morning.