The Paper photo by Frank Phillips. Area law enforcement personnel, (left to right) Clay County Chief Deputy Rob Gambill, Montgomery County detectives Matt McCarty, Aaron French, Chief Deputy Ryan Needham, Detective Travis King and Sheriff Mark Casteel stand behind U.S, Attorney Joseph Hogsett (at podium) during Friday's news conference at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.
The Paper photo by Frank Phillips. Area law enforcement personnel, (left to right) Clay County Chief Deputy Rob Gambill, Montgomery County detectives Matt McCarty, Aaron French, Chief Deputy Ryan Needham, Detective Travis King and Sheriff Mark Casteel stand behind U.S, Attorney Joseph Hogsett (at podium) during Friday's news conference at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett came to Montgomery County Friday to announce the indictment of a Zionsville man accused of robbing two Montgomery County banks and three others in nearby counties.

"The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department is to be commended for obtaining video after the March 12 robbery of the bank in Darlington," Hogsett said during a press conference at the Montgomery County Jail. "That investigation led to the arrest of Mr. McCormick."

"It was a team effort," said Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel. "A Boone County officer, who is not present today, was also instrumental in the arrest."

McCormick is accused of robbing banks in Darlington, Linden, Ladoga, Eminence and Poland.

All the robberies took place between last July and March of this year.

Alan Wayne McCormick, 46, of Zionsville was indicted on five counts including Armed Bank Robbery.

When asked why authorities believe McCormick chose to leave his home in Zionsville to rob banks in Montgomery, Morgan and Clay counties, Hogsett said "more often than not" bank robbers pick on smaller banks in smaller communities because small communities allow the robber to get into the bank and get out of town quickly and there is a presumption that security and police protection is lacking in small communities.

"He wanted to get away from home (in Zionsville,)" Casteel said.

"He was not recognized by anyone in Poland," said Clay County Chief Deputy Rob Gambill.

Casteel said the fact that the winter weather was "terrible" on days he is accused of robbing two banks was coincidental. "It didn't come up."

The law enforcement personnel at the press conference declined to say what evidence had been collected in connection with the case but Detective Travis King said it was "substantial."

McCormick was incarcerated in the Clay County Jail at Brazil and held on $125,000.

Following the indictment by the Grand Jury, McCormick will be transferred into federal custody, Hogsett said. He said he did not know where McCormick will be moved or when his initial court appearance will be.

Hogsett said there is the possibility McCormick could be released temporarily before his court appearance but that federal attorneys have been successful in convincing the court that accused bank robbers would be a danger to society and have kept them behind bars.

If convicted or he confesses, McCormick faces up to 25 years in federal prison plus fines. He will serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, Hogsett said.