Cherokee Village man arrested within hour of robbery
ROBBERY: Arkansas State Trooper Kenneth "Buckey" Foley stands outside FNBC, south of Mammoth Spring, Feb. 5 after the bank was robbed of $12,809. Michael Brill, 46, of Cherokee Village was apprehended by Hardy Police officers near the Hardy city limits a short time later. Photo/Sisk Lawrence
QUICK ACTION: Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis was the first officer to respond to FNBC, south of Mammoth Spring, after the alarm indicating that the bank had been robbed was sounded. Davis' quick action of alerting Sharp County officers possibly foiled the robber's escape.
MAMMOTH SPRING -- Quick action by officers with the Mammoth Spring Police Department and the Hardy Police Department foiled an attempt by a man to get away with thousands of dollars from First National Banking Company of Mammoth Spring.
"A lone gunman wearing sunglasses entered the bank at approximately 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 demanding money from a bank teller," Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis said.
Davis said his part in the robbery actually began before the alarm at the bank went off.
"I had received a call from a city employee that there was a man in an alley near the city street shed taping over the license plate of his van with duct tape. As I responded to the call the bank alarm went off," Davis said.
Less than an hour later Michael William Brill, 46, of Cherokee Village was taken into custody.
Brill was apprehended by the Hardy Police Department just south of King Catfish in Sharp County. Davis said the 1995 green GMC passenger van Brill was driving was the same vehicle the city employee spotted in the alley at Mammoth Spring and duct tape was still hanging from the license plate.
Officer Davis said a nickel plated semi-automatic pistol was found in the van as well as $12,809 in cash found in a garbage bag. The cash was believed to have been taken in the robbery.
Aggravated robbery and felony theft of property charges are pending against Brill who is being held in the Sharp County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
As of press time Brill was being held in the Sharp County jail but Davis said he would probably be moved to the Fulton County Jail in the near future.