FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Police caught three suspected bank robbers after a high-speed chase in southeastern Allen County Thursday.
That getaway might have succeeded if good Samaritans hadn't intervened.
Shortly after the Wells Fargo bank opened for the day in Hoagland, two men wearing hats and bandanas over their faces walked in with handguns and demanded cash.
What they didn't realize is that sort of thing isn't tolerated in this small town.
"I chased 'em down the alley to their car to get a description of their car and they squealed off pretty fast,” Bill Stoddard said.
And Stoddard wasn't alone.
The town's volunteer fire chief spotted the getaway car and followed it, all the while on the phone with police dispatchers.
"Without him, we probably wouldn't have the apprehensions, because he got us the vehicle description, the direction of travel, he stayed behind 'em. I don't think he really wanted to pursue 'em. I think what happened was they say the fire vehicle behind them, thought it was a police vehicle, and took off. And he did what he should have done and kept them in sight until police could get involved,” said Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries.
Once police caught up to the black car, the suspected robbers led them on a chase reaching 90 miles per hour before crashing into a tree in Poe.
Officers say 22-year old Calvin Miller, 23-year old Charles Seals, Jr., and 24-year old Brandon Sizemore ran from the wreck, but were caught within a minute.
And Sheriff Fries says even though more bank robberies tend to happen in the weeks leading up to Christmas than any other time of year, don't assume people get away with it.
"It should send a message to bank robbers. Don't rob banks in Allen County,” Fries said.
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