Indy man admits robbing Edinburgh bank

A man has pleaded guilty in the robbery of an Edinburgh bank that led to a high-speed chase along Interstate 65 in January.

Gary Ewing, 36, Indianapolis, agreed to plead guilty to the two felony charges filed against him, robbery and resisting law enforcement. In exchange, Bartholomew County prosecutors asked the judge to allow a sentence of no more than six years in prison.

On Jan. 11, police said Ewing went into the MainSource Bank, located off U.S. 31 just north of Edinburgh Premium Outlets, wearing road construction gear. He handed a teller a handwritten note, stating he had a gun and demanded $100, $50 and $20 bills. As the teller gathered the money, Ewing said he wanted her $10 bills as well, according to court records.

When Ewing left, a teller wrote down the license plate number while another called police. A Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the vehicle near the Franklin exit, and a pursuit began. Speeds reached 110 mph and got on and off interstate at two different interchanges. The car got off the interstate on the southside, and went airborne while crossing railroad tracks, crashing down on top of another vehicle, causing minor injuries.

Ewing told police he robbed the bank because he couldn’t find a job and his girlfriend was expecting a baby. He also said he never had a gun, according to court records.

Ewing is set to be sentenced next month.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.