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Verbatim: Community State Bank Robbed in Twelve Mile

From an Indiana State Police written report.

Twelve Mile – Yesterday, at approximately 2:01 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Cass County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 phone call, which was hung up before the caller spoke with dispatchers, at the Community State Bank at 8070 East State Road 16, Twelve Mile, IN. When officers arrived, they found the bank had been robbed, and the suspect had already exited the bank. A subsequent search of the area did not reveal the suspect.

Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Brian Dormer revealed that a person of medium build entered the bank wearing a Halloween type mask, with long synthetic hair protruding from the back of the mask. The person was armed with what appeared to be a chrome or silver handgun and demanded money from a teller. The teller complied with the request, and the person exited a rear door of the bank and fled on foot. An undetermined amount of United States currency was taken in the robbery. There were three employees inside the bank during the robbery. They were not injured.

An overnight investigation by detectives from the Indiana State Police and Cass County Sheriff's Department led officers to Michael J. Ridenour, 65, 5800 N. State Road 25, rural Logansport, IN. During two separate searches of Ridenour's property, witness statements, and evidence gleaned from the bank surveillance video, officers developed probable cause to arrest Ridenour. He was arrested this morning and incarcerated in the Cass County Jail on felony charges for robbery, criminal confinement, and theft. He also faces a misdemeanor count of pointing a firearm. His bond is set at $25,000.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about this crime is encouraged to contact Indiana State Police Detective Brian Dormer by calling 1-800-382-0689.

Assisting in the investigation were officers from the Miami County Sheriff's Department, and conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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