Arrest Made in Connection With Two Mt. Vernon Bank RobberiesMt. Vernon Police say a 37-year-old Urbana man has been arrested for his role in a number of bank robberies including two in Mt. Vernon. Willie Franklin was taken into custody by the FBI and U.S. Marshall's Service in Tampa, Florida on an outstanding warrant obtained following a December 20th robbery of a bank in Manteno in northern Illinois.
Mt. Vernon Police believe Franklin is responsible for the December 11th robbery at the Gen-Fed Financial Credit Union on South 42nd Street in Mt. Vernon as well as the robbery last Saturday at the Fifth Third Bank on Broadway. Franklin is also listed as a suspect in a total of 14 bank robberies in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.
The break in the case came when police were able to match a yellow Chevrolet Cavalier found in Urbana January second to surveillance video from the Manteno bank. A search was later conducted at Franklin's home.
The bank robberies were among four that have occurred in Jefferson County since late November. Arrests had already been made in connection with a robbery at the Community First Bank of the Heartland in Woodlawn and at the Jefferson County Schools Credit Union in Mt. Vernon.
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