March 19, 2008 TRI-CITY AREA — A Washington Twp. man has been arrested and charged in the March 3 robbery of the Capac State Bank, Allenton branch.
According to the St.Clair County Sheriff's Department, Scott Edward Berry, 36, was arrested at his Washington Boulevard home on Thursday afternoon after police received an anonymous tip.
A car matching the description given by police was at the home.
"Detectives recovered property which is believed to associate the suspect with the robbery," said Sheriff's Department spokesman Gary Albrecht.
Berry was arraigned on Sunday on one count of bank robbery, which can carry a sentence of life in prison or any term of years, Prosecutor Mike Wendling confirmed.
Wendling said an exam of Berry's criminal record showed "nothing significant," including no past felony convictions.
He is being held on a $250,000 bond. A preliminary exam in the case is to be set sometime the week of April 30.
According to Albrecht, there was no reward offered for tips leading to a suspect's arrest.
Berry is accused of walking into the Capac Rd. branch in Allenton shortly after 9 a.m. on the Monday morning and handing the teller a note demanding cash. He took the note and cash before fleeing in a late model Ford Taurus.
A source familiar with the incident said the robber did not produce a weapon but held a cell phone to his ear during the robbery, a fact which is evident from a surveillance still shot image.
An investigation is still ongoing into another bank robbery in Macomb County, which police originally believed could have been connected to the Allenton robbery.