MT. VERNON, Ill. (KMOV.com) - Detectives from the Mt. Vernon Police Department foiled a robbery at Fifth Third Bank in Mt. Vernon on Friday.
According to the police department, police received a report of a man taking license plates off a car parked behind JC Penney around 11:00 a.m. The caller said the man replaced his Texas license plate with the Illinois license plate stolen from the car. The caller provided police with the number for the stolen plates and description of the car the man was driving.
Detectives spotted the car in a parking space at Fifth Third Bank located on the 2711 block of Broadway in Mt. Vernon and advised the bank to lock down the facility. Detectives then called for backup and observed the man put on a ball cap and sunglasses, according to police.
Once backup arrived, the man was taken into question without incident. According to police, the man was in the process of writing a hold-up note when he was contacted by officers.
Police say they identified the man as Clark Kirkman. After Kirkman's arrest, the investigation discovered he was on federal supervised release for bank robbery and was also suspected in a bank robbery the previous week in Chandler, Ariz., according to police.
Clark Kirkman was charged with attempted bank robbery and felony theft. The police department is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist them with the continuing federal investigation, according to police.