Bike rider charged in O'Fallon credit union robbery

News-DemocratFebruary 21, 2014 

The site of the robbery on Wednesday.

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A man accused of robbing an O'Fallon bank Wednesday and then trying to flee on a bicycle has been charged in relation to the case.

William M. Restoff, 54 of 502 S. Walnut St. in O'Fallon, was charged with aggravated robbery, according to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly. His bail is $250,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Restoff walked into the Scott Credit Union branch at 712 W. U.S. 50 at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday and announced the robbery by handing a teller a note. He also told the employee he had a firearm. Restoff then took an undetermined amount of cash and left.

Police said he made it about 10 blocks on a bicycle before police caught up with him.

According to St. Clair County court records, Restoff has a pending misdemeanor case for a criminal trespassing to a residence charge filed against him a year ago.

He was also charged with criminal trespass on land in 2011 and criminal trespass to a residence and resisting a peace officer in 2009. The latter three charges were dismissed, according to circuit clerk's office records.

Restoff was arrested March 4, 2009, in St. Libory when he showed up at the door of a house on Pensoneau Road, told the owner he had a Glock handgun in his pocket and tried to force his way into the residence, according to News-Democrat reports from the time.

The resident shoved Restoff out of the building and called police. When officers arrived Restoff resisted arrest and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department had to be used to subdue him. Jesse the police dog bit Restoff several times before the suspect stopped fighting and was taken into custody.

When the case went to court Restoff argued that he had no recollection of the incident and that he must have been sleepwalking after taking the sleep aid Ambien. He said the last thing he remembered before waking up in a jail cell -- he was covered with dog bites -- was driving home from work.

O'Fallon Police Department Lt. James Cavins said, as unusual as the bicycle robbery case is, this isn't the first time that a financial institution in O'Fallon was robbed by a bandit on a bicycle.

"We had a guy rob a bank in town in the 1990s and he escaped," Cavins said. "But he was caught after he did another one in Clinton County. He was driving a pickup truck and the bicycle was in the bed."

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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