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'Serial bank robber' charged in 5 metro-east robberies is arrested in Georgia

Surveillance video from Edwardsville credit union robbery by man in sling

Surveillance video was released from the First Mid-America Credit Union robbery in Edwardsville on Wednesday afternoon.
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Surveillance video was released from the First Mid-America Credit Union robbery in Edwardsville on Wednesday afternoon.

A 29-year-old Godfrey man was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 23 a few days after being charged with robbing five banks throughout Southern Illinois between November 2017 and January 2018.

Dandre R. Brown is also facing a charge that he took a stolen Chrysler 300 from Missouri in to Illinois, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

He is accused of robbing the follow banks:

  • On Nov. 29, 2017, the U.S. Bank at 1520 Washington Avenue in Alton: The bank lost $2,910 as a result of the robbery, in which Brown allegedly gave the teller a note that said "Give me all the money NO Die Packs (sic) I have a weapon," according to court records. After the robbery, an O'Reilly's Auto Parts store employee saw a man matching the robber's description nearby. He reportedly got into a Chrysler 300 parked at a Walgreen's parking lot and drove off. Police later found the note the robber gave the teller about 200 feet away from the bank and reportedly found Brown's fingerprints on the paper.

  • On Dec. 20, 2017, the Reliance Bank at 2810 Godfrey Road, in Godfrey: Brown allegedly walked to a teller and implied he had a weapon. He made out with an undisclosed amount of money.

  • On Dec. 22, 2017, the Regions Bank at 347 W. Main St., in East Alton: Additional information about this robbery was not available.

  • On Jan. 2, 2018, the U.S. Bank at 1301 Edwardsville Road, in Wood River: During this robbery, Brown allegedly handed the teller a note and made out with an undisclosed amount of money.

  • On Jan. 10, 2018, the First MidAmerica Credit Union at 1702 Troy Road, in Edwardsville: Brown also allegedly handed a teller a note during this robbery and made out with an undisclosed amount of money.

If Brown is convicted of all five robberies, he could be sentenced up to 100 years in prison, with another 10 years prison if he is convicted of transporting the stolen vehicle, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

The FBI, Illinois State Police, and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office investigated the case alongside police from Granite City, Alton, St. Louis County, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River and Edwardsville.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck

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