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Business office breached, bank itself intact, secure

By Diane Cosgrove
Anvil Herald Staff

Sometime in the wee hours of Thursday morning, between about 3:30 and 5:30, one or more individuals entered the business office building of the Hondo National Bank through an unlocked, second-story window. Computer equipment and a printer were removed.

According to Hondo Police Detective Jo Anne Evans, the business office was the only structure entered. There is no connection to the bank itself from its business office and it is impossible to enter the bank from the office.

All of the computer equipment is encrypted, and was recovered, found hidden in separate places within the suspectís residence. It is believed the suspect had not had time nor the expertise to access anything on the computers.

No bank data was stored on these particular computers, according to Hondo National Bank president and CEO Tim Gillis, so there is no concern about identity theft or compromised banking information.

Adrian Ramirez, age 18 of Hondo, was arrested Thursday morning and questioned, then charged with Burglary of a Building. He was booked into Medina County Jail and later released under a $15,000 bond. As the bank was not entered, no federal charges were considered.

HPD is continuing the investigation into the incident, and another arrest may be forthcoming.



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