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Police caught an alleged bank robber thanks to a tip from his brother

Edwardsville bank robbery footage

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A Madison County man accused of robbing two banks in the metro-east was turned in to police by his own brother, police say.

Dustin A. Medlin was charged Friday in federal court with two counts of bank robbery. He is accused of robbing an Associated Bank on July 26 in Glen Carbon and First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust on July 31 in Edwardsville, authorities say.

Medlin allegedly walked up to the teller’s window at the Associated Bank and passed the teller a note that said “I’m armed,” Special Agent Christopher M. Bockelmann with the FBI wrote in a criminal complaint.

He then told her to give him everything in the drawer, and to not press any buttons. As long as she did that, police said Medlin told her, no one would get hurt. The teller gave Medlin $2,365, according to the complaint.

Medlin is accused of acting similarly when he went to the Edwardsville bank, according to the complaint. He allegedly slid the teller a note and told her she had 20 seconds to give him the money. The teller gave him the money, about $1,400, and he fled.

Law enforcement determined from surveillance video in both robberies that they had been done by the same man, according to the complaint. After putting out the footage to the media, police received three separate calls from people who identified the man as Medlin, one of whom was Medlin’s brother. Medlin’s brother told police the truck Medlin had driven away from the banks belonged to Medlin’s mother-in-law.

After looking at photos of Medlin, police determined that there was a strong resemblance between the photos of the bank robber and Medlin, and the FBI asked for the U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois to charge him with bank robbery.