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Watchful eyes capture robbery suspect

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Hardy Assistant Police Chief James Hutchison said he doesn't know how the Cherokee Village man who allegedly robbed First National Banking Company in Mammoth Spring made it to Hardy.

"He was extremely drunk," said Hutchison, who arrested alleged robber Michael William Brill, 46, on Highway 62/412 near King Catfish Feb. 5.

"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.

Brill was apprehended by Hutchison less than an hour later.

Police Chief Ernie Rose notified Hutchison, who had the day off, of a vehicle that matched the description given of the robber's getaway car -- a 1995 green GMC passenger van.

The car stopped outside the Hardy McDonald's and then made its way onto the Highway 62/412 bridge over the Spring River with Hutchison following. The van was weaving in the lane, he said.

Hutchison initiated a traffic stop, but Brill didn't stop the vehicle until he began to travel up a hill toward King Catfish. Brill stopped the van in the road, Hutchison said.

Hutchison asked him for his license and if he had been in Mammoth Spring. Brill told him yes, and pointed to a case of beer in the van, Hutchison said.

"I asked him if he had a gun and he said 'yeah'," Hutchison said, adding that he himself was not armed. Brill then located the nickel plated semi-automatic pistol under a plastic trash bag that was found to be holding the $12,809 loot from the robbery, the officer said.

Hutchison said he thinks Brill used his time in the McDonald's parking lot to try to uncover the duct tape on the license plate. He said no McDonald's food items were in the van.

Brill is charged with aggravated robbery and felony theft of property.

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