Podcast: Outsmarting would-be bank robbers, the Hoosier way


From Butch Cassidy to Bonnie and Clyde, bank robbers have always had a pop culture mystique. But bank robberies are no Hollywood story for bank employees and customers, whose safety and even lives are put at risk when a thief robs a bank branch.

But before the advent of the FBI and robust state police forces, bank robberies were often handled by sometimes ill-equipped local law enforcement. In Indiana in the 1920s, bankers took the protection of their banks into their own hands. In the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal podcast – sponsored by IntraFi network — Josh Myers of the Indiana Bankers Association discusses:

  • The challenge that robbery posed to banks in the 1920s.
  • How the IBA provided bank employees with weapons, as well as training on how to use them safely.
  • The partnership between the “Indiana Militia” and law enforcement.
  • Stories and anecdotes from this unusual chapter in banking history.

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This episode is sponsored by IntraFi network.

In this episode:

Josh Myers
Vice President, Membership Engagement
Indiana Bankers Association

Evan Sparks
Chief Editor
ABA banking journal


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