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Man pleads guilty to Pell Lake bank robbery

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Gazette Staff
December 9, 2010
— Jeremiah Ward, identified as an armed robber because he pulled off his mask too quickly while fleeing a bank, pleaded guilty earlier this week to a crime that could put him in prison for up to 40 years.

Ward, 23, of Genoa City was accused in the Aug. 31 robbery of the First Bank Center in Bloomfield Township.


According to criminal complaints:


Co-defendant David Allen II, 23, of Kenosha drove the getaway car and supplied Ward with the BB gun used in the robbery.


Allen is charged with party to armed robbery. Ward reportedly gave Allen $2,000 of the $8,415 stolen from the bank.


Both men are in the Walworth County Jail. A sentencing date for Ward is not set.


A third person connected to the robbery—Shelby L. Kaelber, 20, of Kenosha—remains free on a signature bond. She is charged with party to armed robbery. Kaelber was in the getaway car during the robbery, and she later surrendered the gun to police.



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