Bank robbery suspects apprehended
By By Greg EnglandStaff Writergreg@myspartanews.com ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUG. 22, 2008 | August 24, 2008 12:00 am
Two people have been charged in connection with a robbery that occurred at the East Bockman Way branch of Citizens Bank on Friday afternoon.
According to Investigator Allen Selby, of Sparta Police, emergency personnel at E-911 dispatched officers to the bank after a report of a male subject wearing a mask, as well as a panic alarm received from the bank’s alarm company.
Patrolman J.T. King, of Sparta Police Department, was the first officer to respond to the scene. King reportedly observed a champagne-colored vehicle leaving the bank parking lot “in a hurry” headed toward Gaines Street.
The driver led officers in pursuit toward Highway 111, where they were joined by THP Trooper David Slatton and TWRA Agent Jon Ryan.
The chase ended when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle around a sharp curve and ended up in a ditch on the west side of Sullivan Knowles Road. The alleged suspects were immediately apprehended.
According to Selby, Roberts, who is on parole, was charged with robbery and theft over $10,000. His bond has been set at $150,000.