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Husband, wife indicted for O’Fallon bank robbery

EAST ST. LOUIS – A U.S. grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against a husband and wife from Collinsville, charging them in the May 2013 bank robbery of the Scott Credit Union in O’Fallon, Ill.

Steve M. Dodson, 45, and Denise K. Dodson, 43,  are charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced today.

Following a hearing, both were ordered held in custody without bond pending trial, which is set for Aug. 25.

The offenses charged in the indictment allege that on May 24, 2013, the Dodsons committed the offenses of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery by: driving to the Scott Credit Union; Steve Dodson exiting the vehicle, putting a mask over his face, and walking toward the credit union; Denise Dodson waiting in a car to drive Steven Dodson away from the credit union; Steve Dodson approaching two employees of Scott Credit Union, telling them that he had a gun, and taking money belonging to the credit union; stealing and retaining approximately $100,000 from the Scott Credit Union; and fleeing in a vehicle driven by Denise Dodson.

The announcement of the indictment was delayed until the Dodsons could be brought into the federal system, Wigginton said. Before this time, each was serving a sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections for crimes related to burglary.

If convicted, each person faces a term in prison of up to five years on the charge of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and a term in prison of up to 20 years on the charge of bank robbery. They also face a fine up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to five years once they are released.

The case was investigated by the O’Fallon Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Ali Summers.

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