Three Indicted for Aggravated Robbery of Liberty State Bank

April 4, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Craig Hill
Ricky Estes
 Roxanna Landis

Three people believed to have been involved in the robbery of Liberty State Bank at Liberty last August have been indicted by the DeKalb County Grand Jury.

38 year old Craig Hill, 45 year old Ricky Estes, and 26 year old Roxanna Landis all of Smithville have each been indicted on the charge of aggravated robbery.

All three will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, April 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Hill, who is accused of actually committing the robbery in which $6,000 was taken, turned himself in at the DeKalb County Jail on Saturday, August 14th, eleven days after the robbery on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Estes and Landis were arrested on August 20th.

After Hill's arrest, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that "On August 3rd, through an investigation into the robbery, Hill was identified through (bank surveillance) video tapes and other investigative tools to be the person responsible for the robbery. Lawmen had been searching for Hill ever since. Hill, who had been living out of town since this incident, came to the DeKalb County Jail to turn himself in on a violation of probation warrant. While there, he was questioned by Sheriff's Department Detectives about the robbery and admitted his involvement in the robbery of Liberty State Bank".

The warrant for his arrest alleged that "On or about the 3rd day of August 2010, Craig Anthony Hill did enter the Liberty State Bank in Liberty Tennessee presenting the teller with a note stating "Give me the money in 20's and 100's, I have a gun" thus putting the teller in fear of her life. The teller at that point took the cash from her drawer and gave it to Craig Hill as instructed. The amount of money taken during the robbery was in excess of $6,000."

According to Sheriff Ray, Estes "aided in the robbery of Liberty State Bank by being involved in the planning of the robbery and driving the get away car. He also shared in the proceeds from the robbery."

Sheriff Ray added that Landis "aided by being involved in the planning of the robbery, freely leaving in the get away vehicle, and sharing in the proceeds of the robbery".

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