Police: Bank robbery suspect has convictions on record

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Police say a man accused of robbing a Decatur bank has a history of theft. 

A sworn statement released by Decatur officers Wednesday says James Allen Carr, 55, has served nearly 20 years in federal prison for two different bank robbery convictions. A jury found him guilty in 2006 and again in 2009. 

Police say he also has a vehicle theft conviction on his record out of Texas in the early 1980s. They say he went to the department of corrections for that crime. 

The statements provided more details about the Decatur robbery. Police say Carr showed a note to workers at First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust (3101 N. Water St.) after 8 a.m. on May 1. Officers say he at one point reached toward his waistband or pocket in a move that indicated he might be armed.

He left the scene with an unknown amount of cash. 

After he ran from the scene, police say they found him at a nearby motel. Police say they found evidence of the robbery using a search warrant. 

Police say no one was hurt. Carr's bond in Macon County is set at $500,000.

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