The last time the Bank of Bradley was robbed was on Monday, July 23, 1990. Better than any summary of the events that I could write is the following article from the Lafayette County Democrat of July 26, 1990. It is reprinted here by permission.
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BRADLEY BANK ROBBED; SUSPECTS AT LARGE
The Bank of Bradley was robbed around noon Monday, with two armed black males entering the bank and demanding money. The suspects fled and after being fired at by Lane Pierce, bank president, dropped the money and disappeared into a wooded area.
According to Mike Loe, State Police CID investigator in Magnolia, the robbery occurred at approximately 12:35 p.m.
“Two black males entered the bank, one of them produced a gun, and had one of the tellers place an undetermined amount of money in a pillow case,” Loe said in an interview Monday afternoon in Bradley.
“They exited the bank, and bank president Lane Pierce fired. They dropped the pillow case,” he continued.
At the time of the interview, Loe said the pillow case containing the cash had been recovered but authorities had not yet counted the money.
Pierce reported that the two suspects entered the front door of the bank holding pistols, and said, “This is a hold-up.”
“I was in my office way away from it,” he noted.
“They were real nervous,” he added. “They were trying to tell the teller to find them some money. We had some tellers gone to lunch and their drawers were locked.”
Pierce reported that the suspects shoved one of the tellers to the floor, but she was not injured.
“They went out the front,” Pierce continued. “I was in my office and I have a back door. I had a small pistol.
“I thought they might come down this side and sure enough, they did,” he continued. “I fired and they dropped the money.” The two men continued north and were believed to be hiding in a wooded area near Bradley.
A truck parked alongside the street, across from the bank, caught one of the shots.
Pierce said that he had been president of the Bank of Bradley for the past 15 years, and this was the first robbery during that time.
Unconfirmed rumors Monday afternoon had the men wearing masks and clear plastic gloves during the robbery. It was rumored that the two men had broken into the Bradley Clinic prior to entering the bank, where they had stolen some clear disposable surgical-type gloves.
Monday afternoon members of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, Miller County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, Lewisville City Police, Bradley City Police and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission assembled in Bradley to assist in the man hunt.
Railroad employees working the area were alerted to the situation, and warned to be on the lookout for the two suspects.
Bloodhounds were brought in from Wade Correctional Institute in Haynesville, La.
It was reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had been called in.