The Logan County Sheriff's Department, police K-9 units, Illinois
State Police and FBI responded to the incident. A comprehensive
ground search was conducted by armed officers. A helicopter was also
used to canvass the area. Some evidence was found, but no suspects
The male suspect is reported to be about 5-foot-3 or 5-foot-4
with a slight build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark
pants, gloves and a mask.
The bank has had two previous robberies and one attempted since
being established in 1919.
At 10 a.m. on Sept. 27, 1957, robbers made off with $2,969. They
were caught four years later.
Almost eight years later, Aug. 26, 1965, a break-in attempt was
discovered when the ceiling began leaking. The would-be robbers had
removed concrete and brickwork above the bank but failed to cut
through the vault. No suspects were ever identified.
It would be 26 years before the next attempt. In May 1991, a
robber got away with money and left bank personnel and a customer
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The bank's president, John Drake, is the fourth generation of one
of its founders.
Chestnut, a small farming community where everyone knows
everyone, is the geographic center of Illinois.