Oaktown man arrested after stolen truck used in robberies was found

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KNOX CO, Ind (WEHT) -At least one person has been arrested in connection to several robberies in Indiana and Illinois.

Friday morning, the robbery suspects started at Jumpin’ Jimmy’s in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Police say within just an hour suspects had hit up two places including a Super 8 motel in Grayville, Illinois.

Hotel clerk Brian Knight said it was an average morning when he looked up to see a man and woman enter the front door where the proceeded to point a gun at him.

“The woman told me to open the drawer during which time the man jumped over the desk,” Knight said.

Knight escaped rattled but unharmed. He was able to watch as a white truck pulled away. That white truck, reported stolen, belonged to Nichole Carie’s family.

“My dad messaged me, I couldn’t believe what had happened. I’m glad everyone was okay especially when we learned who had the truck,” Carie said.

That same sentiment given by hotel manager Charlotte Schuster who was especially proud of how Knight handled the situation.

“He was so calm,” Schuster said.

The full video of the robbery can be viewed below:

Deputies located and recovered the stolen truck Sunday night in Oaktown. Steven Williams, 38, of Oaktown was arrested and charged with criminal conversion, but no charges in connection with the robbery.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office said the couple were also involved in a gas station robbery in Terre Haute, Indiana earlier this month.

Williams has posted bond and was released from the Knox County jail.

Knox County Deputies are assisting Illinois law enforcement with the robbery investigation.

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(This story was originally published on November 30, 2020)

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