Man Attempts To Rob Local Credit Union While Phone, Internet Down

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MARLIN (July 31, 2013)—Police in Marlin were trying to sort out details Wednesday after a series of events including a citywide phone and Internet outage, a report of a shooting, and a late morning attempt to rob a local credit union.

Officers closed down the 900 block of Gift Street Wednesday in Marlin during the search for the car used in the attempted robbery. (Photo by John Carroll)

The city lost phone and Internet service Wednesday morning and 911 calls were routed to Limestone County, which may account for some initial confusion about the report of the shooting in the 900 block of Rock Dam Road in Marlin, which was called in at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A search of the area turned up neither a victim nor a suspect, Marlin police detective Rob Douglas said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Then about 45 minutes later a man wearing a long black wig and carrying a gun tried to rob the Member’s Choice Credit Union at 212 Virginia St. in Marlin.

Because of the phone and Internet outage, the credit union had locked its doors and the man was unable to get in, Douglas said.

Witnesses said he drove off in an Oldsmobile.

Police later recovered the vehicle, but the would-be robber remained at large Wednesday afternoon, Douglas said.

Police don’t think the shooting report and the attempted robbery were related, Douglas said.

Marlin was without phone and Internet service for about three hours Wednesday, although it’s not clear what caused the outage, Marlin police detective Douglas said,