Residents of two small Rice County towns are still talking about the bank robbery in on of them Tuesday morning and the related arrest of another Tuesday night.
The unusual excitement of a big city crime has brought a short term boom to local businesses in the town of Chase as residents gather to discuss the latest developments in the case. But some residents are ready to forget all about the excitement.
"I'm ready for it to settle down," said Nicole Lattimer, who works at the town's convenience store. "We have burger nights on Tuesday and I guess the store went pretty crazy after the excitement."
Others say after the robbery they're re-thinking the safety of their small town, locking their doors and keeping their children closer to home.
Meanwhile, a few miles up the road, residents of Lyons are trying to get used to the idea that the man arrested was a neighbor.
"I mean I'm surprised. It makes me surprised," said Justin Mauck, who lives just down the street.
"You just don't think of something like happening in a small community," added Gwen Hogg, also of Lyons.