bank robber arrested
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Last Wednesday, October 31 tellers at the First Financial Bank
in Brookville were shocked to see a man enter the bank and demand
money. While he did not display a weapon, he managed to get away
with an undisclosed amount of money.
According to information from Sgt. John D. Bowling of the Indiana
State Police, the suspect fled on foot. Police released video
of the robbery shortly after it occurred, and by the next day
were able to arrest Billy J. Steele, 31, at Lakeshore Resorts
in Franklin County. He was booked on a Robbery charge, a Class
C Felony. He was taken to the Franklin County Jail and was held
on a $15,000 bond. For a Class C Felony, if found guilty, Steele
could receive up to eight years in prison and pay up to a $10,000
Of the arrest, Investigations Sergeant Rick Shoemaker noted, We
received several tips today (November 1) that proved to be factual
and that led to the arrest of Steele. We would like to thank the
public and the media for their assistance.
State police investigators were assisted in the investigation
by the Franklin County Sheriffs Department and the Brookville
Police Department. Police say the investigation is continuing
and further charges may be filed.