KNOBEL, AR (KAIT) - Two men, including an employee of a bank, were arrested and charged in connection to their roles in Monday's robbery of First National Bank in Knobel.
According to documents filed in Clay County District Court, Greg Thompson, 38, and Kethel Trotter, 40, of Corning were charged with aggravated robbery, theft and filing a false report.
New information came to light in the court documents provided to Region 8 News Thursday. In the documents, investigators "began to discover several inconsistencies in Thompson's version of events". Thompson was employed at the bank.
Court documents stated that on Monday at 11:45 a.m., Trotter entered the bank and used a pipe to move a surveillance camera from the teller window. Trotter then handed Thompson, the only employee present, a note demanding money from the cash drawer and the vault.
Thompson told police he believed the suspect was armed with a gun and gave him more than $25,000. Thompson said the man then drove off in a white Chevrolet SUV.
During the investigation, detectives discovered surveillance video that showed the suspect driving a white Ford Edge.
"Investigators also noticed that the suspect seemed to have knowledge of how much area each video camera covered, and was careful to not move into the view of the other cameras," the affidavit stated. "This is knowledge that would not have been known, unless the person had an intimate knowledge of the surveillance cameras at the bank."
Surveillance video from the WW Quick Mart in Lafe showed a man matching the description of the suspect and pumping gas into a white Ford Edge 15 minutes after the robbery.
Police discovered that Trotter was the suspect and he knew Thompson.
"It was also learned that Trotter and Thompson are close friends, having known each other since high school," the affidavit stated.
The day after the robbery, Thompson told officers that he suspected Trotter as the suspect. When asked why he didn't report it, he said he didn't know who to report to.
Investigators also found that Thompson called Trotter several times on the morning of the robbery. According to the affidavit, officers found more than $15,000 inside 2 plastic bags in a "grave" that Trotter claimed was to bury his dog.
Both men are being held in the Clay County Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond.
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