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Court documents show Kruger confessed to multiple bank robberies

The man police say is responsible for robbing four banks in the greater Lafayette area had his probable cause hearing today.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 6:55 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2019 7:05 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The man police say is responsible for robbing four, possibly more, banks in the Greater Lafayette area had his probable cause hearing Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Joseph Kruger was on supervised release while he was allegedly committing the bank robberies in question.

The affidavit goes on to say that Kruger's federal probation officer was the one who identified him. The officer, Michael Bice, was shown a photo of the suspect who robbed Centier Bank in West Lafayette on Tuesday. Bice identified him as Kruger.

The court document didn’t specify how police located Kruger, but he was found at the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Shelbyville, Indiana early on Wednesday morning.

During an interview with police Kruger, admitted to robbing the Centier Bank in West Lafayette and he also admitted to other bank robberies in Indiana and Illinois this year.

The town of Watseka, Illinois says Kruger is their prime suspect for bank robbery on Sept. 10. Detective Josh King with Watseka police said they are relieved Kruger is behind bars.

“I'm happy that we have him in custody,” said Detective King. “We were worried here in Watseka that he may return due to seeing that he had hit the banks in Lafayette numerous times.”

Prosecutors said Kruger admitted to carrying a gun on every robbery that he committed, but said it was a BB gun. Police were able to locate the BB gun, along with the fake beard and other evidence related to the robbery investigation in Kruger's car.

Kruger's preliminary charges include two felony counts of robbery while armed with a firearm, and two felony counts of robbery by means of threats and use of force.

He is expected to be formally charged on Monday or Tuesday of next week. He’s being held on a $30,000 cash bond and $300,000 surety bond.

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