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Bank Robbery Trial Underway

Posted by wlpo on April 26, 2010

Jury selection started for one of two guys accused of robbing the Peru Federal Savings Bank on Shooting Park Road last September.

36 year old Chad Diederich of Carbon Cliff faces 4 to 15 years in prison if he’s found guilty of aggravated robbery.  His co-defendant, Richard Riggs of Rock Island has yet to go to trial.

The men were stopped on Interstate 80 in Ottawa just minutes after allegedly robbing Peru Federal September 4th.  Diederich is accused of being the robber while Riggs was driving the getaway car.  Prosecutors think Diederich bought a plastic gun at the Peru Walgreen’s to use as a show of force during the robbery.

Investigators say Diederich and Riggs were found to have an excess of five thousand dollars in their car when they were arrested.

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