BENTON — A U.S. grand jury has indicted a Collinsville woman on three counts of bank burglary.
In a press release Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Easter Jimison, 37, entered First Collinsville Bank in Caseyville on Nov. 7 and handed the teller a note stating “put the money in a bag. Act normal. Don’t look around.” The bank teller placed stacks of bills on the counter until Jimison said “that’s enough,” then she put the money inside her coat and walked out of the bank’s front door. As a result, the FCB Caseyville Branch suffered a loss of $4,621.
Jimison is charged with walking into the Bank of Edwardsville in Swansea on Dec. 5 and giving the teller a note stating “give me the money, this is not a joke.” The bank teller promptly gathered the money from her drawer and placed it on the counter. Jimison said she was unable to go through with the robbery and began to apologize and make excuses, stating that she needed the money for rent.
On Dec. 10, Jimison is alleged to have arrived at First Collinsville Bank in Maryville, where she gave the teller a note stating “act normal” and “withdrawal.” The bank teller promptly complied with the note and handed Jimison $1,144. Jimison left the bank, taking the money and the demand note with her.
If convicted, Jimison faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of bank burglary and a $250,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Caseyville Police Department, Maryville Police Department, with assistance from the Swansea Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hallock.