RAYMOND, Iowa - The man who robbed Farmer's State Bank Wednesday morning didn't show a weapon and didn't claim to be armed, according to Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson.
Thompson said the robber was a white male in his 20s to mid-30s and about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing loose khaki pants and a camouflage hooded sweatshirt.
The man had his hood pulled up over his head and was trying to hide his identity, Thompson said.
The sheriff declined to say how the bandit communicated to the teller that he wanted money. He said the robber took an undisclosed amount of cash and walked across Third Street and through the parking lot of the vacant convenience store before disappearing down an alley.
Sheriff's deputies took photos of the alley and checked in nearby trash containers for evidence.
"We're looking for anything and everything that can be used as evidence and trying to collect and canvas as much as we can as quickly as we can," Thompson said.
He said officers were on the scene within three minutes of getting notice of the holdup alarm.
In addition to the sheriff's office, officers from the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and FBI came to Raymond. A State Patrol airplane also took flight to assist.
City Clerk Nancy Miebach said it appeared to be a normal morning in Raymond until she saw the collection of law enforcement vehicles.
"I said ‘Something is going on,'" Miebach said.
A man who lives a few doors down from the bank said he didn't see anything out of the ordinary as he worked in his garage Wednesday morning.
"All of the sudden the cops were coming out of the woodwork," said the man who declined to give his name.
Thompson said the bank is small, and he suspects the loot was also small.
"This is just that small town bank," Thompson said.
According to The Courier archives, the bank was robbed in September 1998. No arrest was ever made in the case.