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Hat Leads To Robbery Suspect

June 26, 2012, 4:56 PM by Brady Mallory

Hat Leads To Robbery Suspect
Alvione Jones


He got away with $60,000, but he did not make it far.  Just blocks from the crime scene, Sioux Falls Police arrested 21-year-old Alvione Jones for robbing Great Western Bank on North Sycamore Avenue.

According to police, Jones walked up to two bank employees who were going into work Monday morning, showed them a hand gun and demanded cash.

Police said a surveillance photo shows Jones waiting as the employees load his book bag with cash.  You cannot see the man's face, but a piece of his clothing made quite the impression on people in a nearby neighborhood.

"That hat," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said. "A mad bomber hat or trooper-style hat.  There were some people who recognized it.  People said they had seen it a few times and thought he lived in the area."

A few tips from neighbors, plus a Crimestoppers call, led police to an apartment building less than a mile away on East 3rd Street.  Officers stopped to question a man walking around outside.

"While officers were talking to him, they asked him if anyone was inside the apartment.  He said, yes, his brother," Clemens said.

Officers then searched the apartment and found Jones with the same clothing as in the surveillance pictures along with a matching backpack.

"The backpack was partially open and they happened to see some torn money bands that were in the backpack," Clemens said.

Police also found two plastic handguns that are either b-b guns or toys.  Jones, originally from Michigan, faces two felony counts of robbery in the first degree and two counts of kidnapping for holding two bank employees against their will.  He could serve up to 25 years in prison.

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