Closed circuit TV (CCTV) systems are common security devices. They appear in almost every kind of commercial establishment in Belleville and its neighboring cities. One of the most common uses of CCTV is providing security for banks and other financial institutions. Police in O’Fallon have just released news of how the CCTV system in a bank inside the Schnucks Market has led them to identify a person of interest in a recent robbery.
According to police, a man dressed in a black polo shirt and a St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball cap approached the teller in the 1st National Bank of Waterloo in the Schnucks store. The man implied that he was armed as he demanded money from the teller. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the teller, the suspect ran out of the store and fled on foot in a northwesterly direction.
The man’s image was captured on CCTV in the bank, and police have used the image to identify the man. In a news release issued shortly after the robbery, police identified the man as a “person of interest” in connection with the robbery. Police said that they do not have a current address for the man and have asked the public for assistance in finding him. Police advised that the man should be regarded as dangerous and should not be approached if he is spotted.
Based on the police reports, the man who has been labeled a person of interest appears to be the principal suspect. If he is arrested, the man is likely to be charged with bank robbery and several other related crimes. Anyone who faces a similar situation may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the facts and evidence in the case, provide an opinion on the strength of the prosecution’s case and, if appropriate, assist in negotiating a favorable plea agreement.