Star Staff Writer (07/08/10) Steele, Cameron

Three men waving handguns tried to rob the Alexandria branch of Noble Bank Thursday, but they couldn’t get the front doors to open. That’s because the bank – located on Valley Cub Drive near U.S. 431 – has special sensors that lock the doors when they detect nearby firearms, Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said.

Amerson said bank employees called the sheriff’s office at 11:30 a.m. to say three men in black masks and hoods were standing outside the locked doors. Deputies arrived at the scene five minutes later, but the suspects had fled the area in a dark-colored Ford Explorer, Amerson said. Fifteen minutes later, deputies found the Explorer abandoned in the Alexandria Methodist Church parking lot.

Amerson said deputies and the FBI are still searching for the men. One man was wearing a red synthetic track suit, another had on khaki pants and the third man wore camouflage-colored pants.