System test causes police response

A full tactical response of the on-duty Poteau police force for a possible bank robbery Wednesday afternoon was a false alarm, according to Poteau chief of police Stephen Fruen. An alarm at the First National Bank at the Ben Klutts Drive and North Broadway intersection was activated about 3:30 p.m. Police surrounded the building, only to learn the bank had been testing the alarm system after a recent storm, said Fruen. The alarm company was aware of the test but for unknown reasons the police department still received notification of the active alarm, said Poteau police Lt. Greg Russell. Once police confirmed the alarm was false, they left the bank and normal business resumed.