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Muncie Post-Democrat,Muncie, Delaware County, 25 April 1930




Hard Times Causing Banks to Close, About Put Bank Robbers Out of Job.

Indianapolis, April 25.— (UP)— Even the bank robbing business has its dull days, according to George Hartman, 23, who with three other men set out to rob a bank somewhere but came back empty handed after visiting eight towns on one day.

"Maybe, we were a little timid." Hartman admitted as he sat in the city jail here with Albert Harmon, 22, awaiting transportation where they will be tried for planning to rob a hank there. "But nowhere in in the entire tour could we find conditions suitable for pulling a job."

In a confession to E. L. Osborne, chief of the state bureau of criminal identification and investigation, Hartman told of the trip to nearby towns with Harmon, Cecil Johnson and James Ryan. The last two recently were sentenced to 10 years in state prison on charge of robbing the Fishers' state bank on February 24.

"We formulated our plans on a street corner in Indianapolis and one of the fellows stole a Chevrolet for the trip," Hartman said. "Determined to rob a bank, we started out one morning and stopped at Lawrence. There were too many people in the bank there so wo drove on to Hadden Hall but when we saw five men in the postoffice that looked like coppers we decided to drive on to Thorntown. Things were not to our liking there so we went back to Buck Creek and then to Battle Creek, Oaklandon and Plainfield."

"A state policeman, standing on a street corner in Plainfield made us decide to pass up the bank there and we went on to Frankfort. By this time we were fully determined to rob at least one bank before returning home and agreed to stickup the next bank we came to."

"This was in a small town east of Franklin. We stopped in front of the bank and saw a sign on the door, “Bank Closed.” This cooled us off and we returned to Indianapolis and made arrangements to rob the Brightwood state bank, to secure the Big Four railroad company payroll, and to rob the East Tenth street branch bank." Before these jobs could be "pulled," however, Johnson and Ryan were arrested for the Fishers' bank robbery and the arrest of Hartman and Harmon, by Inianapolis police, followed.


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