Charges Filed Stemming From Area-wide Search Thursday

Charges have been filed against the six people arrested following an incident that began at Bradford National Bank Thursday and ended several hours later on I-70 near Pierron.

24 year old Jeremiah Howard of Florida, 24 year old Dakota Harmon of Georgia, 24 year old Anthony Hugley of Florida, 26 year old Kelvin Oliphant of Florida, 28 year old Tonya Bennett of Georgia, and 26 year old Brandon Gill of Florida have each been charged with two felony counts of alleged forgery, one felony count of alleged possession of a lost credit or debit card, and two felony counts of alleged identity theft.

The six were arrested after Bradford National Bank employees alerted Greenville Police that someone was in their drive-thru with two checks from St. Louis and an ID previously reported stolen by a local resident. The suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival. Police located a rental vehicle from Florida with Louisiana license plates near Dairy Queen a short time later that fit the description of the car in the drive-thru. The driver of the vehicle allegedly fled on foot and the passenger switched seats and allegedly drove away from police. The driver was involved in a three vehicle crash at the corner of Fourth and College and the vehicle came to rest inches from the door of Midland States Bank.

That driver allegedly fled on foot and was picked up a short time later by a white van with Texas plates that had been rented from Georgia.

Pierron and Pocahontas Police located that van Thursday evening on I-70 near Pierron and all six suspects were taken to the Bond County Jail. Police told WGEL additional charges may be filed against the suspects, pending an investigation into several leads in numerous states.

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