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5/8/2012 9:52:00 AM
Police: Bank robbers caught
Billy J. Dugard
Billy J. Dugard
Ashley Owens
Ashley Owens
Leader-Democrat Editor

Authorities announced late Wednesday night they had apprehended and arrested the two people they believe were involved in the robbery last Monday of the Pekin PNC Bank branch.

Billy Joe Dugard, 36, Crothersville, and Ashley Owens, 26, Scottsburg, were arrested without incident in Deleware, Ohio. A warrant was issued for their arrest earlier Wednesday and was served by U.S. Marshals from the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.

The arrests were made around 7:20 p.m.

Investigating officer Captain Roger Newlon of the Washington County Sheriff's Department credited the high-quality images obtained by the banks' surveillance equipment and the quick action by the media in disseminating the photos and information, with aiding in the fugitives' capture.

He said Dugard has a very lengthy criminal history and has served time in various prisons in the Midwest. Owens has prior convictions as well.

Newlon said Dugard told him the couple was working their way to New York.

Dugard allegedly walked into the bank last Monday morning, approached a teller, saying, "Give me the money." He was handed an undisclosed sum of cash. Clear photos of him were taken by the surveillance camera, showing him talking to the teller and exiting the building. He was seen leaving in a beige SUV with a blond woman.

Dugard is charged with robbery, a Class B felony, and Owens is charged with aiding robbery, a Class B felony.

They are being held in the Washington County Detention Center. Dugard's bond was set at $150,000 full cash only and Owens is $100,000 full cash only. Dugard's initial hearing was in Washington Superior Court Friday and Owens was expected to take place Monday.

The two are suspected in other bank robberies that have taken place recently, including one in Scottsburg.

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