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Fake-bearded bank robber caught in Shelbyville

Police in Shelbyville arrested a man wanted for robbing a West Lafayette bank while wearing a fake beard as a disguise.


Joseph Kruger, 41, of Tilton, Illinois., was arrested Wednesday morning at the Shelbyville Holiday Inn.

He was described as a tall white man with a slender build. He had on a fake brown beard, gray knit hat, gray sweater, and jeans.


The bearded bandit held up the Centier Bank on Sagamore Parkway at around 2 p.m. Tuesday.  He was last seen running north through the parking lot.


Police believe Kruger was also involved in other bank robberies in Illinois and Indiana.


Kruger has been booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail on one count of robbery with a deadly weapon.