Dillinger and his gang, in the meantime,
began a streak of bank robberies across Indiana, although the first bank
he ever robbed was in New Carlisle, Ohio on June 10 1933. Among
Dillinger's more celebrated exploits involved his pretending to be a
sales representative for a company that sold bank alarm systems. He
reportedly entered a number of Indiana and Ohio banks and used this ruse
to assess security systems and bank vaults of prospective targets.
Another time, the gang pretended to be part of a film company that was
scouting locations for a "bank robbery" scene. Bystanders stood and
smiled as a real robbery ensued and Dillinger and friends escaped with
the loot. Stories such as this only served to increase Dillinger's
burgeoning legend. Dillinger was believed to have been associated with
gangs who robbed dozens of banks and accumulating a total of more than
$300,000. Banks allegedly robbed by Dillinger and his associates
included the Commercial Bank, Daleville, Indiana of $3,500 on July 17,
1933; Montpelier National Bank, Montpelier, Indiana of $6,700 on August
4, 1933; Bluffton Bank, Bluffton, Ohio, of $6,000 on August 14, 1933;
Massachusetts Avenue State Bank, Indianapolis, Indiana, of $21,000 on
September 6, 1933; Central National Bank and Trust Co., Greencastle,
Indiana, of $76,000 on October, 23, 1933; American Bank and Trust Co.,
Racine, Wisconsin, of $28,000 on November 20, 1933 Unity Trust and
Savings Bank, Chicago, Illinois, of $8,700 on December 13, 1933; First
National Bank, East Chicago, Indiana, of $20,000 on January, 15, 1934;
Securities National Bank and Trust Co., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, of
$49,500 on March 6, 1934; First National Bank, Mason City, Iowa, of
$52,000 on March 13, 1934; and Merchants National Bank, South Bend,
Indiana, of $29,890 on June 30, 1934.
John Dillinger, stayed and had breakfast at the Nelson Hotel, now Divino Gelato Cafe, prior to the robbery mentioned in the above article. See pic below of the Nelson Hotel.
The Divino Gelato location in Racine was once the "BIJOU THEATER"
227 West Main Street Waukesha, WI 53186 262-446-9490
245 Main Street Racine, WI 53403 262-672-4755
Brookfield Square Food Court Brookfield, WI