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Arrest made in December Fort Wayne bank robbery try

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 4:43 pm

A tip to police led to the arrest of a Fort Wayne man Wednesday in connection with a robbery attempt of a north-side bank two weeks ago.

Adam J. Bigger, 28, of Fort Wayne, was arrested by Fort Wayne Police Department detectives in connection to the robbery try Dec. 21 at Chase Bank, 3810 Coldwater Road, according to Sgt. Mark Brooks, FWPD spokesman. Bigger has been charged with attempted robbery.

During the robbery attempt, Bigger allegedly entered the bank wearing a black ski mask at 3:19 p.m. and presented a teller with a note, demanding money. But he couldn't get any money and fled on foot after the teller hit a panic alarm, according to court documents.

According to court documents, the teller told police that she had just returned from lunch when the alleged robber, later identified as Bigger, came into the bank and slipped the note through the bulletproof glass that protects the bank employees.

"I have a gun and nothing to lose," the note read, according to the documents. "100's, 50's, 20's. Both drawers. Any dye packs or funny money I'll be back in."

The teller told Bigger that she did not have a key to open the cash drawer, then reached toward her purse as if to get a key and hit the alarm, according to the documents.

When she looked back up, Bigger was already walking out of the bank, the teller told police, according to the documents.

Bank customers were present at the time, but no weapon was shown and no injuries were reported, although Bigger allegedly moved his hand repeatedly toward his pocket as if he had a gun, the documents said.

Police received information in the case through Crime Stoppers that helped bank robbery detectives with the investigation, according to a news release from Brooks.

The tip led detectives to Bigger's mother and an ex-girlfriend. Then, on Sunday, a detective with the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force called Fort Wayne Police about a man who had been arrested in Auburn on a battery charge and was bragging to people about robbing a bank in Fort Wayne, the documents said.

Bigger's ex-girlfriend and two of her acquaintances testified that Bigger had assaulted one of the acquaintances and bragged about the robbery, the documents said.

Bigger was being held on $10,000 bond.