By Laura Bruce • Bankrate.com
Nationwide, bank robberies increased by about 9 percent in 2001 compared with 2000. On average, about $4,400 is stolen per robbery.
It happens to banks large and small.
When Pilsen State Bank in Lincolnville, Kan., population 225, was robbed by two armed men in October 2001, bank president Kurt Spachek was eating lunch in a room away from the main banking area and didn't know what had happened until it was over.