TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana State Police, FBI, and the Terre Haute Police Department have two suspects in custody in connection to the First Financial Bank robbery that occurred Monday morning in Farmersburg, Ind.
Sergeant Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police said it was because of community help police were able to find the suspects in less than 24-hours.
"Indiana State Police, the FBI, and local police have been working around the clock on this investigation. Throughout the night after many media reports, various tips were called in to the Indiana State Police."
While exact figures are not known, it's not often law enforcement will catch bank robbery suspects within 24 hours of the hold up.
Indiana State Police cite three factors in helping to solve this case so quickly.
First, police worked on this case around the clock. Second, First Financial Bank provided law enforcement high quality surveillance video. And finally, police took that video and pictures to the media.
The public took it from there. State police told News 10 most of their tips that identified the suspects came from people who saw them on local media outlets.
"The tips were called in because local media provided the information to their outlets, and those tips provided investigators the appropriate information to make today's arrests," Watts said. "This is just a perfect example of how well here in the Wabash Valley law enforcement works with media to solve crimes."
Those tips led state police, the FBI and Terre Haute Police to take 43-year-old Kenneth Shelton and 20-year-old Ryan Ellinger into custody. Both were arrested around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
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