(Stuart) Two people are in custody in connection with Monday’s bank robbery in Stuart.
According to a press release issued by the Stuart Police Department, a male and female have been placed into custody in Los Angeles, CA in reference to the bank robbery at the First State Bank in Stuart, Iowa, May 20. Stuart Police officers worked overnight locating the suspects using information that was obtained during their investigation. Stuart Officers were able to track the suspects to a hotel in the Hollywood area... of Los Angeles. Friday morning Stuart officers contacted the LAPD/FBI Los Angeles Fugitive Task Force, who responded to the hotel. Officers from the task force observed a man and a woman walking towards a car that matched the description given to them by Stuart officers.
LAPD Detective Anthony Verret explains. “We saw a car that matched the description and when the suspects walked up to the car we immediately took them into custody.”
Wayne Eugene Palmer Jr. a 28 year-old-male and Hannah Elizabeth Reisinger a 19-year old female, who are both from Carlisle, PA were arrested by officers from the task force.
Tuesday, the Stuart Police Department and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office searched a room at a Super 8 in Adair, IA and were able to locate evidence from the bank robbery. The evidence obtained from Super 8 linked the two suspects to the crime. Stuart officers then began tracking the suspects and were able to locate them today in the Los Angeles area.
“We put a lot of energy and late nights into this investigation. We wanted to make sure that we caught the individuals involved as quickly as possible and allow the citizens of Stuart to feel safe that the individuals involved would not be striking again.” Stuart Police Chief David Reha explained.
Charges relating to the May 20th robbery in Stuart are pending on both suspects. Both suspects will be extradited to Iowa.
May 26, 2013