Man charged with aggravated robbery after incident at Central Bank

Rodney Beese, 63, of Rockford

Rockford man handed a note to a teller demanding money

ROCHELLE —  A Rockford man was charged with aggravated robbery Tuesday after an incident at Central Bank in Rochelle, Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby said.  

Rodney Beese, 63, of Rockford entered the bank and presented a note to a teller demanding money and implied he had a weapon and that others may be involved, Rochelle Police Detective Terry Inman said. 

Rochelle Police responded to a panic alarm at 1:56 p.m. and a report of a suspicious incident and a male leaving the scene, Higby said. Beese was given money before leaving the bank, Inman said. 

Rochelle Police said it was originally believed that Beese presented a note outside at the drive-up window, but the incident actually occurred inside. 

After getting a description of Beese, a Rochelle Police patrolman located a man fitting his description nearby at the Colonnade Motel and he was identified and arrested. An undisclosed amount of money was recovered with Beese, Inman said. 

“I don’t know if he was armed at the time, but we didn’t find any weapons,” Inman said. “As far as I know, it was just him. I believe the money we recovered was from the bank. Everything was turned over to the FBI. We don’t have the amount.”

Since banks are federally-regulated, the FBI became involved and will be handling the investigation. Local jurisdictions like Rochelle can’t charge bank robbery, that would be up to the FBI, Higby said. 

Beese was transported to the Ogle County Jail following Tuesday’s events.

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