Indianapolis Bank Robber Hits Another Bank after Getting Released from Jail

An Indianapolis man robbed a Lake County bank less than a week after he finished a sentence for another bank robbery, police said.

Police officers arrested Mark Konefsky, 41, minutes after a robbery Wednesday at a Fifth Third Bank branch in Merrillville.

He was freed from an Indiana Department of Correction work release center on Oct. 7, police said

Konefsky entered the bank about 12:50 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, Police Chief Nicholas Bravos said.

No weapon was displayed, and branch managers sounded an alarm as the robber fled, Bravos said. Officers reported seeing Konefsky flee the bank and captured him after a brief foot chase.

Konefsky was being held in the Lake County Jail on bank robbery charges.

Konefsky had pleaded guilty to a June 2003 bank robbery in Indianapolis and was sentenced to six years in prison, Bravos said. Konefsky had been released from the state's South Bend Work Release Center.

"Five days later, he is at it again," Bravos said. "There's a good sign he's not rehabilitated."

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