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Police: Bank robbery suspect arrested

MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) – Muncie Police have arrested a man in connection with a Thursday bank robbery in Cloverdale.

A tip informing police that Thomas Baker, 43, of Cloverdale, was staying in a local hotel lead to Thursday evening’s arrest, according to police.

A police officer was looking in hotel parking lots near Forest Run and Bethel for Baker when he saw a silver four-door Saturn with a driver that matched Baker’s description. The police officer attempted to pull Baker over, when Baker took off at a high speed.

The pursuit was short, because Baker couldn’t make the turn at Bethel and CR 700 West, and he crashed into the embankment.

Baker was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after the crash for non-life-threatening injuries.

A woman visiting Baker at his hotel, near Everbrook Lane and Forest Run, surrendered a sum of cash believed to be linked to the bank robbery, police say.

Baker faces charges of class C felony forgery in Randolph County and obtaining a legend drug by fraud, a level 5 felony and level 6 felony, and theft, a level 6 felony in Hendricks County.

Police are still investigating the Cloverdale bank robbery. Anyone with information are asked to contact the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office at 765-653-2724.