WEST FRANKFORT – Police have arrested and charged a West Frankfort man with robbery after he allegedly held up a local bank Thursday afternoon.
Joshua S. Melvin, 29, is in custody at the Franklin County Jail after authorities apprehended him a few blocks from the Banterra Bank facility at 110 E. Oak Street at 1:30 p.m., roughly an hour after police responded to the report of a robbery there.
West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp alleges Melvin took more than $3,000 from the bank. During the robbery, Tharp said Melvin implied to bank employees he was armed.
Melvin was arrested at a residence on Monroe Street, just south of Main Street. Police were conducting a search of the house and the area late this afternoon.
All the money taken from the bank was recovered, Tharp said, and two additional people are being questioned in connection with the incident but have not been charged.
Authorities were observed earlier Thursday taking two men into custody. A third person, reportedly a female, was also seen with police and the suspects.
Officers from multiple agencies responded to the bank robbery call when it came in at about 12:30 p.m. Authorities combed the area surrounding the bank and eventually caught up with Melvin and the other people of interest.
Becky Malkovich contributed the information for this report