Late Feb. 6, two Indianapolis residents were arrested on charges related to the bank robbery that occurred in Greendale earlier in the day, reported Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Versailles District public information officer.
At around 1 p.m. that day, Dearborn County officers responded to a report of a bank robbery that occurred at the US Bank on Ridge Avenue. The initial investigation by the Indiana State Police and Greendale Police Department determined that a black male wearing a disguise entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the teller. After obtaining money, the suspect left the bank in a Buick LeSabre car.
A short time later, a Buick LeSabre was found parked near the bank unoccupied with the engine running. A nearby security camera revealed that a man matching the suspect’s description parked the vehicle at that location before getting into an orange or red Dodge Charger being driven by another person. The Buick was found to have recently been stolen from Indianapolis, the officer noted.
A photo of the Dodge Charger was released and sent to police departments between Greendale and Indianapolis.
At about 4 p.m., Trooper Charles Herron, Indiana State Police Indianapolis District, observed a vehicle matching the description traveling on I-74 westbound near the 105 mile marker, approaching Indianapolis. He conducted a traffic stop near the 96 mile marker with the assistance of Troopers Walter Butt, Michael Wright, Nicholas Price, Brandon Gray and James Williams.
The vehicle’s occupants, Edward Collier, 44, and Rheonia Jackson, 24, Indianapolis, were found to be in possession of U.S. currency, a handgun and other evidence related to the bank robbery. They were detained for further investigation.
More information obtained during the investigation indicated that after Collier allegedly robbed the bank, he drove the Buick LeSabre to a nearby parking lot, where Jackson picked him up in the Dodge Charger. They then drove to Rising Star Casino, Rising Sun, where they discarded the disguise and clothing allegedly worn by Collier during the robbery and also discarded money wrappers that were removed from the money taken during the robbery. The duo then left the casino and attempted to return to Indianapolis.
Following the investigation in Marion County, Collier and Jackson were arrested and transported back to the Dearborn County Jail, Lawrenceburg, where they were both incarcerated on felony charges of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery while armed with a deadly weapon. Both suspects are being held pending their initial appearances in Dearborn Circuit Court.
The Indiana State Police and Greendale Police Departments are investigating the robbery. The Dearborn County sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices have assisted in the investigation.