Bank employees thwart possible robbery attempt, police say

Bank employees thwart possible robbery attempt, police say

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Bank employees played an instrumental role in preventing a possible robbery in Blytheville. As a result, 4 people were arrested, including 3 juveniles.

Captain Scott Adams of the Blytheville Police Department said police were contacted about the incident on Monday afternoon.

Employees with Southern Bancorp on North 6th Street told police as they entered the parking lot they saw someone walking to the door with a mask on and hands in his pockets.

Three other individuals with their faces covered were seen behind the bank by employees.

Adams said when the suspect at the door noticed he was being watched, he ran back to the other suspects. Then they all got into a black Ford vehicle and left.

The bank employees followed the vehicle while speaking with police on the phone.

Officers stopped the vehicle at 2nd and Missouri Streets.

David Pilgrim, 19, of Luxora and 3 male juveniles were in the vehicle at the time of the stop.

Adams said officers found masks and a weapon inside the vehicle. One suspect, a juvenile, had a loaded magazine and different caliber bullets in his possession.

Two juveniles are from Osceola and 1 of them has a history of aggravated robberies, Adams said.

Following the arrest of all 4, Adams said officers recovered a second weapon at the corner of 2nd and Moultrie Streets. Police believe the gun was thrown out of the vehicle before the stop.

The bullets were consistent with the caliber of those found on the juvenile suspect, Adams said.

Adams said all 4 were charged as adults after the case was reviewed by the prosecutor's office.

On Wednesday, Pilgrim and the other 3 were arraigned in Blytheville District Court on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery on a bank, engaging in criminal gang activity and carrying a weapon.

Bond for the juveniles was set at $100,000 cash. Pilgrims was set at $50,000. The next court date in the case was set for April 30 in circuit court.

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