The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 26, 2013

Threat shuts down Ardmore Bank

By Lora Scripps
Associated Press



Life imitated art Tuesday in Ardmore.

A threat along with a ransom note shut down Peoples State Bank early Tuesday morning.

Ardmore Police Chief David Whitt said the incident is similar to a program that appeared on television this week. However, he did not know which program.

Whitt said an employee arrived at work Tuesday to find a note and a gel-like film on the back door. “It basically said, ‘You’ve been poisoned,’” Whitt said, adding the note said the perpetrator(s) wanted specific amount money to provide the antidote.

Whitt said the incident could not be ignored and that officials had to go through the whole process of figuring out what the substance is and who possibly delivered it. 

Giles County Emergency Management Agency did a preliminary investigation and officials took samples. Whitt said a sample was sent to the Nashville Health Department.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security are also investigating.

“As far as we know there is nothing to it,” Whitt said. “I feel confident about that, but to be on the safe side we are sending samples to the lab to find out exactly what it is and to give peace of mind. Anytime poison or a bank are involved we have to take interest in the matter.”

Whitt said if there were nothing to it, it would turn out to be an expensive joke. “All the departments have people working overtime,” he said.

Those who were in the area of the bank and have any information should call the Ardmore Police Department at 256-423-2146, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-615-744-4000 or FBI in Memphis, Tenn., at 901-747-4300.