A man and woman arrested in a string of robberies in Elyria are now facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank robbery.
Daniel Begin, 32, of Columbia Station, and Casey Liberty, 30, of Amherst, were arrested by Elyria police detectives in October in connection with two armed robberies from GameStop on Midway Boulevard on Oct. 7 and Subway on West River Road North on Oct. 16.
Elyria police also said Begin and Liberty were involved in armed robberies in Avon, North Olmsted, Berea, Perkins Township and Madison. Medina police also have interviewed Liberty in connection with a robbery at Chase Bank on Sept. 28.
According to the federal court documents, Liberty, wearing a black wig, went into Andover Bank in Conneaut on Sept. 19 and handed over a note demanding money and indicated that an armed robber, Begin, was outside the bank. The teller surrendered $1,764 to Liberty, the documents said.
About a month later, on Oct. 23, Liberty and Begin were arrested by Elyria police for the GameStop and Subway robberies, and an FBI agent reviewing the booking photographs recognized Liberty as the robber from Conneaut.
Medina police Detective Mathew Fitz told the FBI he spoke with Liberty after the Chase Bank robbery and she confirmed it was her in the security footage from Conneaut, but during the interview she asked to leave because she was feeling sick from heroin withdrawal, the documents said.
Begin told the FBI he and Liberty are both addicted to heroin, and it’s the driving force behind the robberies. He told investigators that Liberty wore a Halloween wig in the Conneaut robbery and the clothes she wore during the robbery are in a Chevrolet Cobalt that was impounded by Elyria police.
Begin said their first bank robbery was in Conneaut because it was far from where anyone recognized them, “however, as he and Liberty continued to support their heroin addiction, this became less of a concern, and they started committing robberies closer to home.”
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