Bank Guard Handcuffed, Gun Taken During Hold-Up by; Rick McCann

HAMMOND IND. Oct. 24, 2007 Two men got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from a Hammond bank Monday morning after stealing the gun of a security guard and handcuffing him.

According to FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne, two men entered Harris Bank, 7227 Calumet Ave. at 9:11 a.m. One of the men immediately took control of the security guard and took the security guard's gun and handcuffed him while the other vaulted the counter and took money from one of the teller drawers.No customers were inside the bank at the time and no one was injured in the incident."They were in and out of the bank very quickly, some said in 45 seconds," Osborne said.

Bank employees were not able to see the escape route of the two men, she said, but a customer outside the bank said he saw a red, four-door Saturn leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Osborne said it is unclear whether that car is connected to the bank robbery or not.Investigators have surveillance camera images of the men in question.The suspect who took the guard's weapon was described as a black male in his 20s, 5-feet 9-inches tall weighing 170 pounds wearing all black clothing and carrying a semi-automatic weapon.The man who vaulted the counter is described as a black male between 20 and 28, 5-feet 8-inches tall weighing 160 to 170 pounds with a medium build wearing all black clothing and white gloves possibly made of Latex.

The same bank was hit by robbers in June, but Osborne said authorities do not believe there is any connection between that crime and Monday's.

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