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4 men indicted on bank robbery charges

A federal grand jury in Fort Wayne handed up a series of indictments, recently unsealed, charging four individuals in connection with area bank robberies.

One of the indictments identified the alleged robber of a STAR Financial Bank. Stephen M. Long, of Auburn, is charged in the Nov. 18 robbery of the 7110 Lima Road branch. The single-count indictment accuses him of robbery by force.

Also indicted were a group of three men arrested after the robbery of a Wells Fargo bank in Hoagland. Charles R. Seals Jr., 23; Brandon Sizemore, 24; and Calvin L. Miller, 22, all of Fort Wayne. They are all charged with armed bank robbery, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Seals is charged in two counts with use of a firearm related to a crime of violence. Miller is charged with use of a firearm related to a crime of violence. Seals and Miller are also both charged with assault of a U.S. government employee.

According to a criminal complaint filed against the trio earlier this month, Sizemore served as the getaway driver during the robbery. Seals and Miller went inside the bank, physically pushing a teller to the vault to open and debating openly at one point whether they should kill the people inside the bank.

The three were arrested not long after the robbery, after a good Samaritan noticed a car circling the bank and followed it for a short distance and called police. They were caught wearing clothes described by the victims in the bank, according to the criminal complaint.