Bell County Dispatch received a call at 7:09 a.m. Monday morning about a break-in at First State Financial in Pineville, located U.S. 119.
A bank employee stated there had been a break-in when she reported to work this morning.
Pineville Police Department responded to the scene at 7:13 a.m.
Bell County Sheriff Deputy Patrick Brooks responded at 7:45 a.m. and discovered forced entry into the building. Brooks also discovered approximately $3,600 in change missing from the building.
Assisting was Sheriff Mitch Williams, Chief Deputy Gary Lambdin, Lt. Max Graves and KSP Post 10 Commander P.J. Burnett.
“In the aftermath of it, we’re dealing with it through creating a tip-line and sharing information with other law enforcement agencies. Their systems are pretty sophisticated at the bank and I’ve worked (robberies) at the same branches in the past. You hate to see things like that, but they do occur,” said Williams.
Southeast Banking Systems technician Matt Greene stated that the security system was operating normally and captured surveillance video. Video from the scene will be released soon.
The scene was cleared at 10:25 a.m. and was reopened to serve customers at noon.
Protocol states the Federal Bureau of Investigation must be contacted.
Bank robberies are still a very popular crime, despite their rarity in the Bell County area. According to the FBI, in the year 2011 more than $30 million was stolen and just over 100 people killed or injured in some 5,000 reported robberies of financial institutions across the nation.
The FBI reports that in 2014 bank robberies in rural areas were some of the most infrequent occurrences and make up only a minute percentage of the total robberies in the United States.
If you have tips regarding the break-in, contact the Bell County Sheriffs Office at 606-337-3102.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.