2015-03-31 / Front Page

Man Who Robbed OCB In Cloverdale Thursday Later Apprehended In Muncie

Staff Report


This security camera image from Our Community Bank in Cloverdale shows suspect Thomas Baker entering the bank prior to last Thursday’s armed robbery. This security camera image from Our Community Bank in Cloverdale shows suspect Thomas Baker entering the bank prior to last Thursday’s armed robbery. An early afternoon armed robbery Thursday, March 26 at Our Community Bank in Cloverdale prompted an area manhunt for the suspect, identified as 43-year-old Thomas A. Baker of Cloverdale. The search ended with a police pursuit in Muncie just before 8:00 p.m. where Baker was taken into custody.

According to the ISP, Baker was wearing a dark colored T-shirt, blue jeans, a black jacket, a black toboggan, and eyeglasses when he entered OCB on South Main Street.

Baker reportedly displayed a handgun in his waistband to bank personnel at the time of the robbery. He was observed leaving the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in what was described as a silver early 2000s model four-door Saturn.

Baker’s cell phone was later pinged off of cell phone towers in the Freedom area and in the Bloomington area around 3:30 p.m., some two hours after the robbery.


The suspect was observed leaving the bank in this early 2000s model four-door Saturn. The suspect was observed leaving the bank in this early 2000s model four-door Saturn. Later that night, police received a tip that Baker was possibly staying in a Muncie hotel. In response, ISP Trooper Nick Razor began checking hotel parking lots when he spotted a silver four-door Saturn on Forest Run Drive with a temporary tag and a driver fitting Baker’s description.

Trooper Razor attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle when it took off at a high rate of speed. When the vehicle reached a ‘T’ intersection, the car failed to make a turn and crashed into an embankment. Baker was extricated from the car and transported to IU Health- Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers also located a female who had visited Baker in the area of Days Inn, located on Everbrook Lane. The female was cooperative and surrendered an undisclosed sum of cash believed to have been taken earlier in the day in the Cloverdale robbery. She was later released and is not believed to be connected to the bank robbery.


A 43-year-old Putnam County man reportedly robbed Our Community Bank in Cloverdale shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, setting off an area manhunt that initially involved the Indiana State Police, FBI, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and Cloverdale Police Department. (Staff Photo) A 43-year-old Putnam County man reportedly robbed Our Community Bank in Cloverdale shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, setting off an area manhunt that initially involved the Indiana State Police, FBI, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and Cloverdale Police Department. (Staff Photo) Baker was being held Friday on warrant out of Randolph County for “C” Felony forgery, and a Hendricks County warrant for obtaining a legend drug by fraud, one count Level 5 felony and one count Level 6 Felony, and Theft, Level 6 Felony.

The Cloverdale Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department along with the FBI is assisting the ISP in this ongoing investigation.

“We are all extremely grateful that no one was injured. Our employees did exactly the right things to reduce the chance of violence,” OCB President and CEO Kurt Rosenberger said. “We appreciate the outstanding work of the Cloverdale Police, Indiana State Police and the FBI that resulted in the rapid apprehension of the criminal.”

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