Terre Haute Police are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred on the north side yesterday afternoon.
Officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Fifth - Third Bank, located at 1451 Ft. Harrison Road, at about 1:30 p.m. Investigation revealed that a note was given and the male suspect, between 5-feet 6-inches tall and 5-feet 8-inches tall, is believed to be armed with a handgun.
THPD Assistant Chief Shawn Keen explained this morning that officers were provided a description of the suspect when they arrived at the scene, and instructed the suspect had fled on foot to the west. Officers began an immediate track with K-9, and established a perimeter.
The THPD has released photos of the suspect.
"Due to the appearance of an unnatural hairline, viewers should consider the possibility that the male may normally have a full head of hair or one cut or shaved very closely. The glasses may also be an addition to alter his appearance," Keen said.
No information on amount of money has been disclosed, as the investigation is underway. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Officials believe the suspect possibly had a vehicle in the area near 15th Street and Lee Avenue. Interviews with bank employees and a neighborhood canvas were conducted.
Anyone with information related to the robbery or identity of this male is asked to contact the Terre Haute Police Department. The investigation is being handled by members of the White Collar Unit.
By Lucy Perry
City Engineering Department Chief Planner Pat Martin updated the Terre Haute Board of Public Works and Safety on plans for the second phase of the First Street former CSX railroad track site project, alerting the board to possible site contamination during the meeting this afternoon.
The rails have been removed and now the city wants to enhance the property by constructing a tree-planted median boulevard in its place, spanning around 6,500 feet. Before that can happen, environmental testing is necessary.
“We will be testing for what I call 'everything,' given the fact that this line was in operation from 1871 until a few years ago-- 144 years of contamination,” Martin said.
Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) has submitted a proposal to conduct a phase two Environmental Site Assessment on the property of the abandoned rail line, which extends from First Street and progresses in a southward direction to Cruft Street.
Transforming the area into a serene treeline comes with some repercussions, including conducting soil samples at at least 20 locations due to long term nearby chemical exposure.
“The probability of contamination is very high,” Martin said.
The testing will begin Monday.
Some of the industrial and commercial properties throughout time include fuel filling stations, manufactured gas plant holding tanks, rail spurs, distilleries, foundries, mills, automobile maintenance facilities, a fertilizer plant, a chemical plant, machine shops and various other manufacturing facilities.
According to the report by PSI, some concerns include: likely use of pesticides and herbicides due to creosote-soaked railroad ties. The estimate of $38,359 calls for more than 20 soil borings at depths of eight feet below ground surface to groundwater or to probe refusal will be required. The budget is not to exceed $46,409.
Martin explained that there is an additional rush cost of $8,050 if rush samples are necessary.
Member Jon Stinson questioned the urgency and noted concerns of city budget with the added $8,050. Martin explained the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Land Revitalization Grant is expected to cover costs. Quicker test results for some contaminants can come back within 48 hours, others can take a week or more.
“I’m trying to figure out -- we know the budget issue the city is currently under -- to spend an extra $8,000 on something that’s been in existence for 144 years, to gain three or four weeks. Unless I was aware of some major concern that hasn’t been brought to this board’s attention,” Stinson said, adding he realized the need for tesing, but wants to be practical.
Martin replied that there is probable cause for contamination, making it an obligation to get the testing underway. There is not necessarily a need for expedited testing results, although he noted that he’s concerned about the proximity of the river.
Member Cary Sparks agreed with Stinson, and motioned for the approval of testing costs, stipulating the additional rush costs allowable only if necessary. The board approved the motion.
All members, Roland Shelton, Sparks and Stinson were present, with exception of Jim Trimble.
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