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NEW INFO: Man Sentenced for Three Bank Robberies; Pleads Guilty to Attempted Robbery

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/29/12 @ 10:48 a.m.
IRONTON Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man already serving time for three bank robberies in Scioto County will now spend more time behind bars for an attempted bank robbery in Ironton.

Dustin Egbert, 26, of Garrison, Ky., was in Lawrence County, Ohio Common Pleas Court Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to commit a robbery and one count of unlawful possession of hoax weapon of mass destruction.

The attempted robbery happened at the Liberty Federal Saving Bank in Ironton on December 27, 2010.

Ironton Police say Egbert and another man pulled into the drive-thru at the Liberty Federal Saving Bank and told the teller they had an explosive device and demanded money.

Following his plea Wednesday, Ebert was sentenced to three years in prison to be served after he finished serving 6 years for three bank robberies in Portsmouth and 12 years for attempting to escape and assaulting two jail guards with a homemade knife following his arrest in Lewis County, Ky.

Following his arrest, Egbert told WSAZ.com that he was addicted to pain pills and thought robbing a drive-thru was a safe way to get some quick cash.

"I thought a drive thru was the safest way, they weren't real explosives, just three candles tied together -- I did show them to one person," Egbert said. "I had no job and no money and just tried it -- I got Christmas for my kids, but it was also drugs."



UPDATE 11/15/12 @ 1:03 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man from Lewis County, Ky. already serving 18 years behind bars, could face more jail time after being arraigned for trying to rob a bank in Ironton in 2010.

Dustin Egbert, 26, of Garrison, Ky., was in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Wednesday where he was arraigned on one count of attempting to commit a robbery and one count of unlawful possession of hoax weapon of mass destruction. Egbert pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is set to be back in court later this month.

Ironton Police say Egbert and another man pulled into the drive-thru at the Liberty Federal Saving Bank and told the teller they had an explosive device and demanded money.

Detectives say the suspects fled without any money after tellers activated the bank's alarm system. Egbert was arrested in Lewis County, Ky. several days after that robbery.

Last week, Egbert was in a Scioto County courtroom where he pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery in connection with three robberies at the Charter One Bank in Portsmouth, also in December 2010.

Following the plea, Prosecutor Mark Kuhn says Egbert was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Kuhn says he will serve that sentence after finishing a 12-year sentence in Lewis County, Ky. for attempting to escape and assaulting two jail guards with a homemade knife following his arrest.

Following his arrest, Egbert told WSAZ.com that he was addicted to pain pills and thought robbing a drive-thru was a safe way to get some quick cash.

"I thought a drive thru was the safest way, they weren't real explosives, just three candles tied together -- I did show them to one person," Egbert said. "I had no job and no money and just tried it -- I got Christmas for my kids, but it was also drugs."

Egbert is currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail.



UPDATE 3/15/11 @ 12:03 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man from Lewis County, Ky. has been indicted for his role in three Portsmouth, Ohio bank robberies.

Dustin Egbert, 26, of Garrison, Ky., was indicted on three counts of robbery and three counts of theft, according to the Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney.

The charges involve three robberies at the Charter One Bank in Portsmouth back in December.

Investigators also believe Egbert tried to rob a bank in Ironton, Ohio

Egbert was arrested in Lewis County, Ky. then extradited back to Scioto County.



UPDATE 1/11/11 @ 2:15 p.m.
VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- One of the two men allegedly involved in several bank robberies was back in court Tuesday.

Dustin Egbert was in District Court in Lewis County Tuesday morning on charges for attempting to escape from jail.

Egbert's case was bound over to the Grand Jury and set his bond at $200,000 cash only.

Egbert also signed an extradition waiver during the hearing for Lawrence County, Ohio.

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UPDATE 1/4/11 @ 3:55 p.m.
VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Officials say Dustin Egbert has waived extradition back to Ohio to face bank robbery charges.

He still faces charges in Lewis County on his attempted escaped from jail on Sunday. A preliminary hearing on those charges has been set for next week.



UPDATE 1/3/11 @ 6 p.m.
VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- After confessing to several armed robberies, as well as an attempted robbery, a man's fate was pretty sealed. Now, though, there is even more.

Deputies are adding attempted murder charges after a failed jail escape, highlighting a wild jail attack with a homemade knife.

They’re called shanks or "shivs" in jail and prison. The instruments are anything an inmate can sharpen and use to threaten or assault someone. And two Lewis County jail guards are lucky that a wildly swinging shank did not go any deeper -- as the story of inmate Dustin Egbert gets more troubling by the day.

"If the weapon was any sharper, it would have killed a staff member," jailer Chris McCane said.

Last Thursday, Dustin Egbert was jailed in Lewis County after confessing to three bank robberies in Portsmouth, Ohio, and a bank robbery attempt in Ironton, Ohio.

"I was driving around and thought I'd give it a try," Egbert said.

But on Sunday night, the sheriff and jailer say Egbert complained of a leaking cell toilet and had a sharpened piece of a pried out vent register ready when guards Joshua Lewis and Wayne Hensley opened his cell door.

"He fought them pretty hard, stabbed them repeatedly -- cut one's throat," Sheriff Johnny Bivins said. "Then, he ran down the hall before he was subdued by another guard.”

Jailer Chris McCane says, amazingly, none of the many stabs and slashes to Lewis and Hensley cut deep enough to seriously injure or kill.

Also now in the Lewis County Jail, Egbert’s suspected bank robbery partner, Joshua Applegate, was picked up on a parole violation.

Bivins said Egbert was in withdrawal -- reportedly from pain pills.

McCane said, however, "Absolutely not. His mood and demeanor was nice, cordial, and pleasant at the time.”

On top of four counts of aggravated robbery, Egbert now faces charges of assault, attempted escape and attempted murder. The two injured guards were treated and released from the hospital, came back to work and filled out their own escape attempt reports.

Egbert is now on a highly monitored suicide watch. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday morning.



UPDATE 1/3/11 @ Noon
VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Lewis County Sheriff Deputies have arrested the man they believe was Dustin Egbert’s accomplice in a string of bank robberies that investigators say he committed last month.

The Sheriff’s Office says Joshua Applegate, 28, of Vanceburg, was arrested on a parole violation on December 30.

This was the same day that Egbert was arrested. Investigators believe Egbert robbed the Charter One Bank in Portsmouth three times in December and attempted to rob the Liberty Federal Saving Bank in Ironton.

Following his arrest, detectives said Egbert, 26, of Garrison told them how he led a team of two in driving a white Beretta to the bank drive-thrus, where they passed in notes threatening to use explosives.

At this point Applegate has not been charged with any of the bank robberies.

Egbert is awaiting extradition back to Ohio on the bank robbery charges.

He now faces additional charges in Lewis County after the Sheriff says he tried to escape the Lewis County Jail Sunday night. Two jail guards were injured in that attempted escape.



UPDATE 1/3/11 @ 3 a.m.
LEWIS COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) -- Lewis County, Ky., deputies say Dustin Egbert tried to escape late Sunday night from the county jail.

Sheriff Johnny Bivens says Egbert complained to jailers that his commode was leaking and that his mat was wet and needed dried.

When deputies opened the door to the jail cell, Egbert pushed it open and attacked them with a homemade knife.

Several officers were able to restrain Egbert and get him back into a cell.

The two jailers were taken to the hospital with cuts to their hands, necks and faces.

Egbert now faces charges of attempted escape, first degree assault and attempted murder.



UPDATE 12/30/10 @ 9 p.m.
IRONTON,Ohio (WSAZ) -- Plenty of bank employees resting easier tonight as a man detectives say robbed the Portsmouth Charter One Bank three times and attempted to rob an Ironton bank is behind bars.

Detectives in Portsmouth called the Lewis County Sheriff asking if they'd seen and old Chevy Beretta -- they had. Today they arrested and got a confession out of one man who robbed the banks in the car.

Detectives say 26 year old Dustin Egbert from Garrison in Lewis County told them straight out how he led a team of two in driving the white Beretta to the bank drive-thrus, where they passed in notes threatening to use explosives.

The other suspect has not yet been apprehended.

Egbert is charged with four counts of aggravated robbery. The suspect calmly explained to WSAZ.com's Randy Yohe that he addicted to pain pills and thought robbing a drive-thru was a safe way to get some quick cash.

"I thought a drive thru was the safest way, they weren't real explosives, just three candles tied together - I did show them to one person," Egbert said. "I had no job and no money and just tried it - I got Christmas for my kids, but it was also drugs."

Lewis County detectives say Egbert has had some minor convictions before, but nothing like this. They say they know who his partner is and are in the process of locating and arresting him.

Multi-state cooperative police team work led to the arrest. They've recovered the chevy baretta and hope to make a second bank robbery arrest very soon.

Tonight Egbert is in the Lewis County Jail. Next he'll face an extradition hearing.



UPDATE 12/28/10 @ 11:15 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- More information has been released on the attempted bank robbery in Ironton Monday afternoon.

Ironton Police say the two male suspects were driving a white Chevrolet Beretta.

They pulled into the drive-through at the Liberty Federal Saving Bank and told the teller they had an explosive device and demanded money.

Detectives say the suspects fled without any money after tellers activated the bank's alarm system. They were last seen driving east on Park Avenue.

Detectives say each man was wearing a disguise to conceal their identity.

The attempted robbery happened just after 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information on the attempted robbery is asked to call Ironton Police Detectives at 740-532-5606

Earlier in the day the Charter One Bank in Portsmouth was robbed by two men in a white Chevrolet Beretta. Dispatchers say those suspects also threatened the teller by saying they had a bomb.

It was the third robbery at the Portsmouth bank this month. In each robbery, the supects used the drive-thru and were driving a white Chevy Beretta.



UPDATE 12/27/10 @ 9:20 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The getaway car used in an attempted bank robbery at the Liberty Federal Savings Bank in Ironton matches the description of the car used in another bank robbery earlier Monday in Portsmouth, Ohio, police say.

An Ohio Highway Patrol officer says a man pulled into the drive -thru of Liberty Federal Savings Bank and demanded money.

The trooper says no one inside the bank would give the man anything, and he finally took off. He says the suspect was driving a white Chevrolet Beretta, and police believe the man headed across the river into Kentucky.

The attempted bank robbery in Ironton happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Charter One Bank in Portsmouth was robbed for the third time on Monday. Police say that in all three of those robberies a white Chevrolet Beretta was used. Those robberies also took place in the drive-thru.



UPDATE 12/27/10 @ 5:25 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An unsuccessful robbery has police searching for a suspect.

The Ohio Highway Patrol tells WSAZ.com that a white male came though the drive-thru at Liberty Federal Savings Bank and demanded money.

The man didn't receive any money and finally took off.

The Highway Patrol believes he crossed the bridge into Kentucky.

Witnesses are still being interview, but it is believed that the suspect didn't have a weapon.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you the latest information as we receive it.

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UPDATE 12/27/10 @ 4:46 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Dispatchers in Lawrence County, Ohio say the Liberty Federal Savings Bank in Ironton was robbed Monday afternoon.

They say the call came in about 4:30 p.m.

The bank is located on Park Avenue.

Dispatchers in Boyd County, Kentucky say they are looking for a white Chevy Beretta, which is the same description of the vehicle used in an armed robbery in Portsmouth, Ohio Monday morning.

No other details are available at the time.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will update you here on WSAZ.com as more information is released.



UPDATE 12/27/10 @ 3 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Three robberies at one Portsmouth bank are likely related. That word from detectives with the Portsmouth, Ohio Police Department

The Charter One Bank on 6th Street was robbed just before 10 Monday morning.

The same bank was held up on December 11 and on the 22.

In all three robberies the suspects used the drive-thru window.

Detectives tell WSAZ.com, the same getaway car was used in the robberies, and the description of the two suspects appear to be the same.

Investigators also say they got some good leads following Monday’s robbery, and are now following up on those leads.

Dispatchers say in Monday’s robbery the suspects claimed they had a bomb.



UPDATE 12/27/10 @ 10:30 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A drive-thru bank in Portsmouth has been robbed -- again.

For the third time in December, suspects have robbed the Charter One Bank on 6th street in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that two suspects drove up and robbed the bank just before 10 Monday morning.

The suspects claimed they had a bomb.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the suspects fit the description of the same men who robbed the bank on Dec. 11 and on the 22.

The men are described to be in their early 20's driving a white Berretta. The driver was wearing sunglasses and is thin. The passenger is heavyset.

If you have information about the bank robbery you can contact the Portsmouth Police Department or the Scioto County Sheriff's Department.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/11/10
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Police in Portsmouth are looking for a man they say robbed a bank drive-thru Saturday morning.

Portsmouth Police tell WSAZ.com the Charter One Bank drive-thru on Sixth Street was robbed about 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

A man in an older model white Beretta came through the drive-thru and demanded money. Police say the vehicle was beat up and had paint missing from the hood and the roof.

Police say the driver was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt.

The driver got away with an undetermined amount of cash. He was last seen driving west from the drive-thru.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Portsmouth Police Department.


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