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April 16, 1996


Authorities continue to search for the man who robbed a Lawrence bank on Friday.

"At this point we don't have anything more," Lawrence police Sgt. Susan Hadl said Monday. Max Geiman of the Federal Bureau of Investigation also said the FBI had little new information.

Officers were called about 12:50 p.m. Friday to investigate a robbery in progress at the Mercantile Bank of Lawrence branch at 1807 W. 23rd.

No weapon was displayed and there were no injuries.

The suspect was described as a white man in his late 30s to mid-40s.

Police and FBI officials also were looking for a mid-1980s, brown full-sized Ford van that was seen leaving the area after the robbery occurred.

Wade Wiebe, assistant vice president of Mercantile Bank, declined to say whether the suspect verbally told the clerk he intended on robbing the bank, or if a note was passed to the clerk.

Conviction of robbing a bank without a weapon can lead to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The statute of limitations on such a crime is five years, Geiman said.

It sometimes takes a while to catch bank robbers, Geiman said.

"They can be nabbed coming out of the bank, and sometimes it takes years," he said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call police at 841-7210 or the Crime Stoppers line at 843-8477 (TIPS).

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