Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 30, 2013

‘Old man mask’ suspect in custody

Lafayette man charged with bank robberies.

By Scott Smith

Marion — A man thought to have worn an “old man” mask to rob banks in Kokomo, Marion and Anderson was arrested by detectives from the Marion Police Department, Marion police confirmed Monday.

Alva Oliver Funk, 69, Lafayette, was arrested at his residence in connection to two robberies in Marion.

The STAR Financial Bank branch on East Markland Avenue in Kokomo was robbed Dec. 28, the Regions Bank in Marion was robbed Jan. 24, the Ameriana Bank in Anderson was struck Feb. 13, and a STAR branch in Marion was robbed April 5. In the robberies, a rubbery, Halloween costume mask covered the suspect’s entire head, and he usually wore a baseball cap on top.

In at least three of the robberies, the assailant didn’t show a weapon, but acted as if he had one.

In Kokomo, witnesses told police the man was white, approximately 5 feet 9 inches with a heavy build. That matched the build of the man who robbed the Anderson bank. Police were also looking for a small, dark car believed to be connected to the robber, described as a dark, two-door Chevrolet, possibly a late 1990s or early 2000s Cavalier.

Funk is charged with two felony counts of robbery in Marion, and is being held at the Grant County jail on $50,000 bond, no 10 percent allowed. He is also being held for at least 15 days so parole authorities can look at the case.

Marion detectives said Alva was paroled from the Indiana Department of Correction last June, where he had been incarcerated after being sentenced in 1993 in Tippecanoe County. His convictions at the time of sentencing included intimidation, resisting law enforcement and habitual criminal.

According to Marion police, the investigation that resulted in Funk’s arrest was the combined effort of Marion, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Kokomo Police Department, the Anderson Police Department, the Indiana State Police, the FBI, Indiana DOC parole agents and the Lafayette Police Department.

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.