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February 3, 2009

Bank robbery suspects caught

Men also wanted in other bank holdups in the state

Kokomo police charged two out-of-town men Tuesday with robbing the First Farmers Bank & Trust off U.S. 31 South last March.

The pair, Donald Sorrell, 35, Muncie, and Kyle Cyphers, 22, Redkey, are being held in the Hendricks County Jail on another bank robbery, Detective Mike Banush said.

Police accused the two of robbing the First Farmers Bank, 410 Flint Way, March 14.

Officers were called to the bank shortly before 10 a.m. and learned a white male, later identified as Sorrell, drove up in an older-model white vehicle, exited the vehicle and entered the bank. Banush said the man pointed the gun at tellers and told them to put money in a bag.

The bank tellers complied with the demands, and no one was injured.

Several days after the hold-up, police found the car used in the robbery parked behind an abandoned house in Indian Heights.

Banush said the car, a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass with T-tops, was reported stolen from its owner in Anderson the night before the robbery.

Police believe Sorrell left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and drove away in the Cutlass. He then allegedly drove to the Heights behind the bank and left the car at the house and fled in a second vehicle allegedly driven by Cyphers.

Banush caught up with the two after several agencies contacted him about the possibility that a number of central Indiana bank robberies were linked.

Sorrell and Cyphers were captured in Avon after a bank robbery there, Banush said.

Warrants were issued for the two Jan. 30 out of Howard Circuit Court after detectives identified them as suspects.

Sorrell was allegedly caught on camera during the robbery. He face a B felony robbery charge. Cyphers faces a B felony aiding, inducing or causing robbery for his role. If convicted, both could serve up to 20 years in prison.

Mike Fletcher may be reached at (765) 454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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