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Missing inmate suspected in spree of bank robberies

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OGDEN — A man who was let out of jail in Ogden for a dentist appointment is now facing federal charges for robbing banks in several states.

Joshua Beckstead, 32, was being held in the Davis County Jail on forgery charges. The Standard-Examiner reports he was let out of jail on May 8 to go to a dentist appointment, but disappeared instead.

Police suspect he robbed a bank in Ogden May 15, then robbed a bank in Maysville, Okla. on June 9.

Later in June, a robber hit banks in Cody and Cheyenne, Wyo. The Powell Tribune reports the robber handed over notes demanding cash.

Beckstead suspected of these bank robberies
May 15 – Ogden, Utah
June 9 - Maysville, Okla.
June 15 - Cheyenne, Wyo.
June 19 - Cody, Wyo.
June 26 - Columbus, Mont.

He escaped with a pack of "bait" money that had recorded serial numbers. After those robberies, bank tellers picked Beckstead's picture out of a photo line-up.

Also in June, a bank in Montana was robbed. Again, the robber's description was similar to Beckstead's.

Investigators in Utah, Wyoming and Oklahoma compared notes and an arrest warrant was issued last Tuesday. Beckstead was arrested Wednesday in Bismark, N.D.

Beckstead is now in federal custody and faces a preliminary hearing July 10.

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Randall Jeppesen


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