O'Fallon couple faces federal charges for credit union robbery

News-DemocratJuly 1, 2014 

AP GRAPHIC

A couple blamed for holding up the Scott Credit Union location in O'Fallon last year have been indicted on federal counts of bank robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

Steve M. Dodson and his wife, Denise K. Dodson, were indicted by a grand jury on April 23, according to federal court filings. But federal officials said the announcement was delayed because the defendants were involved in other criminal cases at the state level.

Jim Porter, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fairview Heights said the delay in the announcement was a housekeeping move because both suspects were entangled in the local court system on charges related to other crimes.

"They were in state custody with the Illinois Department of Corrections and we wanted to get them in federal custody before we made any announcement on an indictment," Porter said. "They're in federal custody now and have been ordered held without bond."

According to court records, prosecutors allege Denise Dodson drove the getaway car on May 24, 2014 while her husband put a mask over his face and then approached credit union employees who were refilling an automatic teller machine with cash. The pair made off with about $100,000 in cash.

St. Clair County Clerk's Office records indicate that Denise Dodson was accused in St. Clair County court of a burglary that took place 11 days before the credit union robbery. Steven Dodson was convicted of possession of burglary tools in a case filed in December 2012. A charge of burglary in the same case was dismissed.

The conspiracy charge could land the suspects five years in federal prison, if convicted. While the bank robbery charge could put them behind bars for 20 years.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 618-239-2626.

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