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Carmel police arrest bank robbery suspect wanted by FBI

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 16:49:50-05

CARMEL — A 25-year-old bank robbery suspect who was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Carmel police arrested James Taylor at 12:48 p.m. Thursday following an alleged robbery at Lake City Bank at East 96th Street and Michigan Road.

Police said Taylor was taken into custody following a car chase and short foot pursuit.

The FBI said last week Taylor has an active federal violation of probation warrant related to a pharmaceutical business robbery and a felony warrant in Marion County for theft.

RTV6 reported Wednesday that the FBI believes a spike in bank robberies in 2020 is due to Taylor and another serial bank robber. There have been at least 21 bank robberies in Indiana this year, including 10 in the Indianapolis area. The state had seven bank robberies in both 2018 and 2019 in the same time span.

"Bank robberies are not victimless crimes. Nobody has to get shot or hit for there to be long term consequences," FBI special agent Steven Secor. "I have seen tellers, bank tellers who are the victims of robberies never go back to work in the banking industry."

Since the beginning of 2020, the FBI reports there have been 21 bank robberies in the state, compared to seven in 2018 and 2019 during the same time frame. Ten of the robberies have been in the Indianapolis area.

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