URBAN – A man arrested Friday in Champaign for two bank robberies in that city has a history of bank robberies.
Edward J. Peppers, 45, is expected to be charged Monday with two counts of armed robbery for the June 5 robbery of the Midland States Bank, 1617 W. Springfield Ave., C, and the July 18 robbery of the Champaign County Schools Employees Credit Union, 1203 S. Mattis Ave.
Judge Ben Dyer on Saturday set bail for Peppers at $800,000 after hearing that while searching a home in which Peppers was found on Friday, police found boots and work gloves that match those worn by the robber in Tuesday’s credit bank robbery and tennis shoes of the same color that the robber wore in the June robbery in the Midland States.
Officers also found $4,000 in cash and suspected cocaine in a pill bottle.
Police also noted that the vehicle in that home on the 900 block of West Harvard Street matched the one captured on surveillance video.
In both robberies, the robber flashed a gun and made off with large sums of cash. No one was physically injured in either robbery.
In 2016, Peppers pleaded guilty to the December 31, 2015 aggravated robbery of First Bank & Trust, 2911 Crossing Court, C, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In exchange for his plea, the state filed a second count of aggravated robbery alleging that on December 4, 2015 he robbed First Financial Bank, 2510 S. Philo Road, Judge Heidi Ladd agreed to recommend Peppers for drug treatment while in jail.
Court records show he had other convictions for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.