---- — KOKOMO — Kokomo police arrested a man July 8 whom they say is connected to a robbery at First Merchant Bank in Peru and two robberies at Kokomo Heritage Federal Credit Union, 901 S. Courtland Ave.
Christopher D. Hart, 41, Kokomo, was taken into custody on a Crime Stoppers tip around 2:50 p.m., after police went to a residence in the 4400 block of South 00 East/West.
Police said Hart robbed the Kokomo credit union twice, once on Jan. 3 and again on April 1. During both incidents, the robber was described as a white male, thin build, wearing a dark face covering. The man ran from the bank to the southeast on both occasions, witnesses said.
Before raiding the south side residence, Kokomo police detectives conducted surveillance on the residence until a black Jeep arrived. Police said Hart got out of the Jeep, which coincided with the Crime Stoppers tip.
Hart is also a suspect in a Dec. 11, 2012, robbery at the Peru bank.
Peru police Capt. Jason Moodey said a number of circumstances linked Hart to the Peru robbery, including his appearance. He said a Class B felony robbery warrant has been issued for Hart in Miami County.
Hart initially faces two Class B felony robbery charges in Howard County, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
This case remains active for investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Scott Purtee at 765-456-7322, the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7107, or Peru Capt. Jason Moodey at 765-473-2150, Ext. 102. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip.