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Gunmen hit, bind bank staff

$5,000 reward in Stellhorn holdup

– A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about three gunmen who forced their way into a northeast-side credit union Thursday, battering several employees and firing weapons inside the building before fleeing with cash, police said.

Shortly after 8 a.m., Fort Wayne police were called to ProFed Credit Union at 6448 Stellhorn Road, where an employee told police she was ambushed as she arrived for work and was forced inside the building at gunpoint.

Three robbers wearing sweatshirts with hoods pulled over their heads entered the credit union then battered and bound three employees at their hands and ankles, Fort Wayne police said.

Before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money, the men fired their weapons inside the building. None of the bank employees required medical attention at the scene as a result of the battery, police said.

No customers were inside the credit union, which had not yet opened, but a customer was waiting outside at the drive-up window, according to police, and saw the three gunmen flee from the rear of the building. The customer called 911 and reported the robbers ran to the south, police said.

A police dog tried to track the robbers but led officers behind the credit union into a residential area and lost the scent, police said.

The case remains under investigation by the Northeast Indiana Bank Robbery Task Force.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Indianapolis Office of the FBI for information that leads to the arrest of the robbers.

Those with information are urged to contact the Fort Wayne FBI office at 426-5331 or, during the weekend and evenings, the Indianapolis Office of the FBI at 317-595-4000.

Fort Wayne Community Schools said 11 schools were advised to be on alert and bring students inside the buildings quickly as they arrived and have extra staff on watch.

Snider High School, Jefferson Middle School and Croninger Elementary School went on lockdown. Snider lifted the lockdown after 20 to 30 minutes, while Croninger and Jefferson were locked down for 60 to 90 minutes, the district said.

Thursday’s holdup is Fort Wayne’s 13th bank or credit union robbery in 2012.

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