Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Alleged bank robbers face more felonies

by Rob Ireland

February 24, 2011

Elkhorn ó Two people charged in connection with the Aug. 31 armed robbery of the Pell Lake First Banking Center face more criminal charges.

Shelby L. Kaelber, 21, and David C. Allen II, 23, both of Kenosha, have been charged with felony bail jumping. If convicted of that count, they each face up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

In 2010, Kaelber and Allen both were charged with armed robbery as a party to a crime. That charge is still pending, but if they are convicted they face up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.

A co-defendant in the armed robbery, Jeremiah J. Ward, was sentenced Feb. 15 to 13 years in a state prison and seven years of extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint for the bail jumping charges:

On Feb. 8, police were dispatched to a Kenosha residence for a possible felony bond violation.

When the officer knocked on the door, Allen answered and was identified by his military identification.

The officer reportedly discovered Kaelber was residing with Allen. Allen and Kaelber said they knew they were not to have contact with each other.

According to the criminal complaint for the armed robbery:

At 10:25 a.m. on Aug. 31, police were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at the First Banking Center.

A bank teller told police a suspect entered the bank holding a handgun and wearing a hockey mask.

The robber told the teller not to touch the money and he wouldnít do anything.

Photographs from the robbery were shown to Wardís ex-girlfriend who stated the robber was wearing her sweater. She said Ward had asked her for money the previous evening, but she only gave him $10.

On Sept. 4, Ward spoke to police and admitted he had robbed the bank using a BB gun. He said his friends, Allen and Kaelber, purchased the BB gun for him.

Ward told police he had stolen about $7,000 from the bank and that he was driven to the bank by Allen and Kaelber. He said he gave the two $2,000 for driving.

Video surveillance footage from Walmart shows Ward and Kaelber purchasing a BB gun. It also shows the two entering a two-door blue Chevrolet vehicle.

Digital images from First Banking Center show what is believed to be the same vehicle driving past the bank twice the morning before the robbery.

Allen told police he had driven Ward to the bank, but didnít know why. He stated Ward returned to the vehicle and he dropped him off at home.

Kaelber told police she went to Walmart the morning of the robbery to purchase a BB gun.

They later went to First Banking Center where Ward was dropped off.

Ward returned with a bag full of money and said everything would be OK because he had previously robbed the bank several months ago.

However, during Wardís sentencing hearing, it was reported Ward bragged about the robbery, but he claimed he didnít commit it.