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Bank robbery arrests made in DeKalb

Two residents of Ransom, Ill., were arrested in DeKalb on Tuesday after DeKalb Police were told the pair is suspected of two bank robberies in Grundy County. Jeff A. Frojd, 37, and Karen McVickers-Dewitt, 36, were arrested by DeKalb Police around 1:05 p.m. after they were doing rehabilitation work on a building in the 800 block of Edgebrook Lane, DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler said Wednesday morning. The Grundy County Sheriff's Office told DeKalb detectives that Frojd and McVickers-Dewitt were wanted for two bank robberies at Benchmark Bank in Verona, Ill., one on Jan. 23 and the other on Feb. 11, Grundy County Sheriff Terry Marketti said Wednesday morning. The two used what was thought to be a semiautomatic handgun during the robberies, but investigators later found that the weapon may have been a pellet gun that looked like a handgun, Marketti said. The amount of money taken in the robberies has not been released because of privacy laws, he said. “They knew we were onto them, so we put them under surveillance,” Marketti said. “DeKalb Police was very cooperative, and we couldn't have done it without them.” Grundy County investigators learned that the two could be in DeKalb, and notified DeKalb Police on Tuesday to look for the suspects. That day, DeKalb detectives found a vehicle matching the description given by the sheriff's office parked in the 800 block of Edgebrook Lane, Spangler said. McVickers-Dewitt and Frojd were arrested after they got into the car and started driving away from the building. “The arrest itself was uneventful,” Spangler said. “However, we've taken in bank robbers before, and that has resulted in intense shoot-outs. We try to be cognizant of that and stay on alert during such an arrest.” Frojd and McVickers-Dewitt are both charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in Grundy County. Frojd was also charged with driving with a suspended license in DeKalb County. Bond was set at $1 million each Tuesday afternoon after the two were taken back to the Grundy County Jail, where they are now being held, Marketti said. McVickers-Dewitt and Frojd are not suspected of similar crimes in DeKalb County, Spangler said.

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