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Suspects Arrested for October 2010 Bank Robbery in Rolla

Sara Deluca, James Deluca, Kevin Ellis Charged

April 20, 2011|by Joe Daues KSPR News

Three suspects in an October 2010 bank robbery in Rolla are under arrest after a lengthy investigation by Rolla police.  

It happened October 8, 2010 at about 2:30 in the afternoon.   Police say someone robbed two bank employees while they were filling the ATM machine in the drive through of the Town and Country Bank in Rolla.  The suspect knocked down one of the employees and took two containers filled with "currency". 

On Wednesday, 4-20, police arrested Sara Deluca and her boyfriend Kevin Ellis.   Rolla PD says Deluca's brother James was arrested in San Diego.

Sara Deluca was one of the bank employees who was robbed in October.

All three are charged with second degree robbery and conspiracy.


On October 8, 2010 at approximately 2:38 pm the Rolla Police Department received a 911 call indicating that there had just been a robbery at the Town and Country Bank located at 910 South Highway 63 in Rolla.
Officers from the Rolla Police Department responded to the scene.
Upon arrival it was determined that a white male had robbed two bank employees while they were filling the ATM machine located outside of the bank near the drive thru area. The suspect knocked one employee down and stole two plastic containers which contained United States currency. The robber left the bank on foot with an unreleased amount of cash. One employee sustained minor injuries during the robbery, the other employee was not injured.
A lengthy investigation into this robbery was conducted by the Rolla Police Department's Division of Criminal Investigations Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
On 04/19/11 arrest warrants were issued by Judge Ron White for three suspects connected to this robbery.
On 04/20/11 officers arrested two suspects in the 12000 block of County Road 8070. Arrested were Sara J. Deluca age 22 of Rolla. Sara was one of the two bank employees who were reportedly robbed. Also arrested was Deluca's boyfriend Kevin D. Ellis age 23 of Rolla.
On 04/20/11 the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Fugitive Task Force arrested Sara's brother James M. Deluca age 38 of San Diego, California.
All three were arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery and Conspiracy. Each had a bond of $250,000.00. Sara Deluca and Kevin Ellis were later incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail. James Deluca was incarcerated in the San Diego County Jail pending extradition to Missouri. More arrests are anticipated with this case.
Anyone having any information pertaining to this bank robbery is encouraged to call Detective Robert Jones at the Rolla Police Department at (573) 308-1213.
The charges for which the above mentioned suspects were arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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