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Man accused of attempted bank robbery in Mt. Vernon

Clark Kirkman (Source: Mount Vernon Police Department) Clark Kirkman (Source: Mount Vernon Police Department)
MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) -

The Mount Vernon Police Department is working with the FBI in a federal investigation of bank robbery.

Clark Kirkman was charged with attempted bank robbery and felony theft.

According to police, around 11:11 a.m. on Aug. 29 they received a report of a man taking the license plates off of a car parked behind JC Penney.

The report said the man removed the Texas plates from the car he was driving and replaced them with the Illinois plates he had allegedly just stolen from the other car.

The caller gave the number for the stolen plates and also a description of the car the man was driving.

Police say they spotted the car backed into a a parking space at Fifth Third Bank at 2711 Broadway in Mt. Vernon. As they watched the man, police say they also went to the bank and told them to lock down their facility.

They say they saw the man put on a ball cap and sunglasses.

According to police, once back-up arrived, the man was taken into custody without incident. He was identified as Kirkman.

Police say he was in the process of writing a hold-up note when they approached him.

After his arrest, they say they found out he was on federal supervised release for bank robbery and was also suspected in a bank robbery the previous week in Chandler, Arizona.

The police department is working with the FBI to help them with the continuing federal investigation.

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