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Two Rochelle men charged in Creston bank robbery

August 8, 2018

CRESTON – A Rochelle man already on parole for burglary in Lee and Ogle counties is in jail this morning, accused of robbing Holcomb Bank, 400 E. state Route 38, around 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Ogle County sheriff said in a news release.

For now, William Wayne Clark II, 39, who was arrested shortly after the holdup, is charged with robbery.

Another Rochelle man, 37-year-old Jeremy L. Hines, was arrested early this morning and charged with possession of stolen property in connection with the robbery, according to a second release.

Both men have court hearings this afternoon, when bond will be set.

According to the Clark release, Ogle County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a holdup alarm at the bank, and were told the robber, who was wearing a black hat and a Chicago Bears jersey and had a bandage on his face, fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A deputy recognized Clark, with whom he had previous contact, the release said. It did not say where or when he was arrested, or whether he used a weapon.

No further information on Hines or his connection to Clark was provided in the second release.

Clark has a long history of burglaries and thefts in Lee, Ogle, LaSalle and DeKalb counties.

He was serving 11 years on two counts of burglary in Lee County and 10 years for residential burglary in Ogle County when he was paroled June 1, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Most of Clark’s criminal history is in Ogle County, where he was given 2 years’ probation in 1996 for burglary; 8 years in prison in 1998 for a 1997 residential burglary; 6 years in prison in 2000 for a 1999 burglary; and 7 years in prison in 2009 for a 2006 aggravated robbery, (with one count of armed robbery without a weapon dismissed).

He also was serving 10 years for a 2012 residential burglary in Rochelle; a charge of burglary for breaking into an Oregon business was dismissed in that case.

A 2007 case charging him with felony bad check writing and a 2009 case charging him with three counts of felony forgery were dismissed.

In Lee County, Clark was sentenced to 2 and a half years’ probation for bad check writing in 2008.

He was charged with burglary in four cases in 2013, and pleaded guilty in two of them; the other two cases were dismissed. That was the 11-year sentence he was serving.

The LaSalle County conviction also was for writing a bad check, in 2007; he was given a year and a half probation in that case.

In 1997, Clark was sentenced to 4 years for theft in DeKalb County.

Hines has no criminal history as an adult in Lee or Ogle counties.

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