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July 12, 2013

Third charge filed in bank heists

Court records show Christopher Hart told others about the crimes.

Court records show Christopher Hart admitted to robbing a Kokomo bank twice and a Peru bank once in a span of five months.

Kokomo police arrested Hart Monday on a warrant for two Class B felony charges of armed robbery after a Crime Stoppers tip led police to him.

A third warrant for Hart regarding the Peru bank robbery was filed Tuesday in Miami Circuit Court.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Howard Superior Court 4 states Hart confessed to others that he robbed the Kokomo Heritage Federal Credit Union on South Courtland Avenue twice — once on Jan. 3 and again on April 1 — and a First Merchants Bank in Peru in December.

Kokomo police said the money has not been recovered and Hart refused to give a statement to police.

Hart also told others he acted alone in the three robberies, the charging information stated.

During both incidents, the suspect was described as a white male, thin build, wearing a dark face covering. The suspect ran from the bank to the southeast on both occasions, witnesses said.

As investigators were looking for Hart, they learned he left a duffle bag with clothing and a handgun — items believed to be used in the robberies — at another person’s residence.

When police searched the residence, they found the duffle bag and clothing matching the description of the robber. Police also found a .22-caliber handgun believed to be used in the crimes.

Hart remains jailed at the Howard County jail on a $30,000 cash-only bond and is awaiting a Thursday initial hearing.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years on each charge.

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