Bloomington man suspected in pair of summer bank robberies in Monroe County

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ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. – Ellettsville police issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in connection with a pair of summer bank robberies in Bloomington and Ellettsville.

Billy Joe McAuley, 53, Bloomington, is suspected in both robberies. The first one happened at Peoples State Bank, 1400 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville, on June 30. In that case, the suspect handed the teller a note. After getting some money, the suspect ran into some nearby woods.

4 Fast Facts

  • Arrest warrant issued for Bloomington man in bank robberies
  • Robberies occurred June 30 in Ellettsville and July 14 in Bloomington
  • In Ellettsville robbery, man handed teller a note and escaped into nearby woods with money
  • Suspect was at a Department of Correction facility in an unrelated case when the warrant was issued

On July 14, a similar robbery occurred at Chase Bank, 100 S. College Ave., Bloomington.

After investigating the robberies, police identified McAuley as the suspect. Police didn’t have to go very far to find him—McAuley was already incarcerated at an Indiana Department of Correction facility on an unrelated charge.

McAuley faces two counts of robbery in connection with the bank robberies. He’s due in court Thursday for an initial hearing.

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