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Suspect in December Quincy bank robbery charged, taken into custody in Florida

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
A man suspected of robbing a Quincy bank, along with several other banks across the Midwest has been arrested in Tampa, Florida.
 
Willie Franklin, 37, of Urbana, Illinois, was taken into custody by federal authorities Wednesday.
 
Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard says Franklin is charged with robbing the First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust on Dec. 26.
 
 
Franklin is a suspect in no less than nine separate robberies in four different states.
 
Barnard says that the Quincy Police Department worked with several other agencies in developing evidence to catch Franklin. Barnard says surveillance video offered clues to help identify the suspect.
 
According to a release from the Manteno Police Department, Franklin robbed a bank in northern Illinois on Dec. 20. Police say a vehicle located on video tape also helped lead to the identification as Franklin as the suspect. That vehicle was reportedly located by the Urbana Police Department on Jan. 2.
 
Manteno police say search warrants were conducted on Jan. 8 by the Manteno Police Department, the Urbana Police Department and the FBI on Franklin's residence and vehicle that resulted in additional evidence from the bank robberies.
 
Franklin was reportedly tracked to Tampa, Florida where he was arrested on a Kankakee County warrant.
 
Barnard says a warrant has been issued for robbery in the Quincy case and bond has been set at $500,000.
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