The following identified newspaper article, hand-dated July 7, 1932, was found in the Lowell Public Library's clipping files:
Last Thursday about 11 o'clock, four bandits took possession of the First National Bank of Crown Point and after driving the employees and several patrons to the rear, proceeded to tie them up and help themselves to the cash that was in the cages. It is estimated that they got about $4,000. Fifteen persons, including the employees were in the bank when a Buick sedan drove up to the front of the bank building. One man remained in the car and the other three men came into the bank. The leader of the bandits announced that it was a hold-up and ordered everybody to go to the back room. His orders were immediately complied with. Among those tied up were cashier Albert Maack, John Lehman, Paul Brown and Clarence Geisen, employees and the customers included several Crown Point citizens. Among the customers in the bank at the time of the hold-up were Mrs. Fred G. Ebert of Lowell, but for some unknown reason she was ordered to lie on the floor but was not tied up. As the robbers were getting ready to leave the bank, a sack in which they were carrying a lot of silver money, burst open and a lot of it rolled near Mrs. Ebert and she rolled over enough to cover the money so that after the robbers were gone, she returned it to the officials of the bank. Mrs. Ebert informed us that it was an experience she did not care to have again. Waiting in a car in front of the bank were Mrs. George Wilson, Mrs. Clara Sherard and Mrs. Ed. Wheeler, who had gone to Crown Point with Mrs. Ebert. They noticed Irvin Linton, Mrs. Wilson's son-in-law, and blew the horn to attract his attention, and this may have caused the robbers to hurry in their work and leave a large amount of money untouched. The first intimation that the occupants had that everything was not all right was when a child in their car saw the robbers leaving the bank with gloves on making them aware that the bank had been held up. The bank is the oldest banking institution in Lake County and its loss is fully covered by insurance. Holton Brown, of Shelby, is president of the First National.