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Stanford bank robbed, car stolen

August 13, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

STANFORD - The First Southern National Bank branch on U.S. 27 was robbed at gunpoint before 8 a.m. today by two people who had not been apprehended by press time.

They came through a neighboring field in ski masks and camouflage, according to the Lincoln County 911 center and those at the scene. Trampled tall grass that separated the field from the close clipped bank lawn showed the robbers' path, and footprints could still be seen cutting through the dew.

A man who didn't want to be identified said that one of the robbers pointed a gun at his wife, who works at the bank.

The 911 center said one employee was injured but wasn't transported to a hospital. No ambulances were on the scene.

Authorities said that after robbing the bank with a shotgun, the suspects stole an employee's 2001 white Chevrolet Malibu. The car was later found abandoned in a field on the corner of Goshen Cutoff and U.S. 150.

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About 8:40 a.m. the entrances of the bank were roped off and the bank was closed. A group of state troopers put on bullet-proof vests and pulled out shotguns from the trunks of their police cruisers and then left.

The news media was asked to leave the scene. Neither police nor the bank would release any information.

The bank lobby usually opens at 9 a.m.

Lucille May tried to do some banking but was headed off by some of the bank's management. She always banks early especially on Wednesdays because that's the day she goes to the senior citizens center.

May said she was glad she got there a little late.

"I tell you what, people must be brave or stupid or something," she said.

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