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Collinsville Housewife Indicted For Triple Bank Burglary

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

A United States Grand Jury sitting in Benton returned an indictment against Easter Jimison, 37, of Collinsville, Illinois, charging her with three counts of Bank Burglary, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

The offenses charged in the indictment allege that on November 7, 2014, Easter Jimison entered First Collinsville Bank in Caseyville, Illinois, and handed the teller a note which read “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 of her coat and walked out the front door of the bank. As a result, the FCB Caseyville Branch suffered a loss of $4,621. On December 5, 2014, Jimison is charged with walking into the Bank of Edwardsville in Swansea, Illinois, and displaying a demand note to a bank teller which read “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 then stated that 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 December 10, 2014, Jimison is alleged to have arrived at First Collinsville Bank in Maryville, Illinois in Madison County where she unfolded a note to the teller which stated “act normal” and “withdrawal.” The bank teller promptly complied with the demand note and handed Jimison $1,144.00. Jimison then left the bank taking the money and the demand note with her.

If convicted, Jimison faces a term in prison of up to 20 years on each count of Bank Burglary, and a $250,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Caseyville Police Department, Maryville Police Department, with assistance from the Swansea Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hallock.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

Updated February 19, 2015