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Man accused of robbing a Peru bank is also a person of interest in a Peoria bank robbery

Posted by wlpo on August 24, 2012

If you’ve been following the story about the man accused of holding up the Eureka Savings Bank in Peru, it’s getting weirder.  Vernard King of Peoria and more recently Oglesby, is also a person of interest in a bank robbery in Peoria.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says the bank in Peoria was robbed in July.  He also believes King may have been staying at the home on Zinc Street in La Salle where he was arrested Wednesday.   King is accused of going into the Eureka Bank branch Tuesday afternoon and hinting that he had a weapon.

The Newstribune reports that King made his first appearance in La Salle County Court Friday before Judge Cynthia Raccuglia.  His bond has been set at $750,000 and he returns to court next Thursday to be arraigned.

King could face 4-15 years in prison if convicted of aggravated robbery, a Class 1 felony.

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