Belleville man charged with Lebanon bank robbery

News-DemocratMay 14, 2013 

A Belleville man was charged in connection with robbing a Lebanon bank on Friday.

Jeffrey M. Jones, 25, was charged by the St. Clair County State's Attorney with one count of robbery in connection with a hold up at the Farmers and Merchants Bank at 108 W. St. Louis St.

Sgt. David Tutterow credited the capture of the suspect to help from the public.

"Jones was identified by several individuals who called our department after seeing media reports on the incident," Tutterow said. "The Lebanon Police would like to thank the members of the media for their assistance, as well as the citizens who made the calls."

Police said the suspect walked into the bank at about 2:20 p.m. and demanded money. Although he did not display a weapon, he handed the teller a note in which he demanded money.

Lebanon had at least two bank robberies last year.

Carla R. Walker, 43, who was known as the "flip-flop bandit" because she fled in bright green flip-flops, admitted to using a pellet gun to rob the First Federal Savings Bank of Lebanon in March 2012. She was sentenced to 51 months in prison.

A suspect wearing a clown mask displayed a shotgun and robbed the First Federal Savings Bank of Mascoutah's Lebanon branch in September.

Jones was taken into custody at a residence in Belleville, without incident, and is being held in the St. Clair County Jail on $75,000 bail.

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