Wearing a jacket and a tie and wielding a note and a smile, a man robbed a downtown Fort Wayne bank Wednesday afternoon, getting away with a bundle of bills he later left on the ground apparently after an exploding dye pack stained them red.
A surveillance camera captured the man, with a shaved head and sunglasses, walking into the Fifth Third Bank at 1:04 p.m. Three minutes later, another camera recorded him with a wide grin as he stood at a teller’s counter.
Fort Wayne police officers went to the bank at 202 W. Berry St. at 1:09 p.m., responding to a report of a possible robbery. When officers arrived, they learned that a man had come into the bank and used a note to demand money. At least one customer was in the bank at the time. No one was injured, police said.
The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, as well as an exploding dye pack. Police said the dye pack seems to have worked as intended, judging by red-stained bills found on the sidewalk on the building’s east side. Wednesday evening, there was still what appeared to be a blast of red dye on the concrete.
Still shots from the bank’s cameras show the robber wearing a dark-colored suit jacket, dress shirt, pants and tie. Witnesses told police he went into a nearby alley and stripped down to a white tank top. Police advise that he may now have red dye on himself or his clothing.
The suspect was described as a slender black man, standing 6-foot, 1-inch tall.. His age was estimated between 25 and 35 years old.
As of Wednesday evening, he remained at large. Anyone with information about the robbery or robbery is asked to call police at 260-427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.
The region’s bank robbery task force – which includes city, county and state police, along with FBI agents – is investigating the case.
The lobby of the bank was closed after the robbery. An employee there would not comment, except to say the bank will be open today.