Lewis County Sheriff Bill Lewis said Portsmouth Police Detectives Andy Dawes and Chuck Crapyou came to Lewis County to interview Dustin Egbert, 26, of Garrison, Ky., who reportedly confessed to all four of the robberies. The detectives then returned to Portsmouth to get a warrant. The detectives returned to Lewis County on Thursday afternoon with a warrant charging Egbert with one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.
“When he is brought back over to Ohio he will face additional charges,” Dawes said from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. “The reason why we’re charging him with one count is that basically we just needed a charge to hold him. Then, once we get him over to our jurisdiction, he will face additional charges for the additional bank robberies in Portsmouth.”
Dawes said Egbert will remain in the Lewis County Detention Center until he goes before a judge in an extradition hearing.
Dawes credited the work of newly-elected Lewis County Sheriff John Bivens and Deputy Dwayne Stone with fast work in making the arrest.
“If it wasn’t for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office we wouldn’t be here,” Dawes said. “Those guys really busted their butts to help us.”
The drive through at Charter One Bank was robbed Dec. 11, Dec. 22, and Dec. 27. Also on Dec.27, the drive-through at Liberty Federal Bank in Ironton was robbed by a man claiming to have an explosive device, the same method of operation the man used to rob Charter One’s window.
Dawes said authorities are still looking for another suspect in the robberies.