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February 11, 1999


The mother of a 24-year-old man suspected of robbing First State Bank & Trust says the incident is "completely out of left field."

Eugene R. Breshears cried Wednesday as he left Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone's courtroom after a bond hearing in connection with the robbery of a downtown bank.

Breshears' mother said the situation was a nightmare.

Breshears, 24, will make his first appearance in court today at 3 p.m. on charges related to Friday's robbery of First State Bank & Trust, 609 Vt.

With assistance from the FBI, Lawrence police arrested Breshears about 5 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators located him about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Inn, Sgt. George Wheeler said.

Wheeler said the case would be turned over to the U.S. Attorney's office, but Kena Rice, a spokeswoman for the office, said Wednesday afternoon that she was not yet aware of any federal charges in the case.

Malone set Breshears' bond at $30,000. Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Angela Wilson had requested that amount "based on the severity of the crime" and because the bank was a federally insured institution.

Listening to Wilson read the charge of aggravated robbery, Breshears asked Malone, "That's the only thing I'm being charged with?"

Malone explained to Breshears that he would be formally charged today and could face additional counts. A jail log said officers arrested Breshears for robbery and possession with intent to sell marijuana.

During his bond hearing, Breshears told Malone he also faces a drunken-driving charge in Lawrence Municipal Court.

Attorney Craig Stancliffe will represent Breshears, who qualified for a court-appointed lawyer.

Breshears' family gathered outside the courtroom to support and talk to him as deputies escorted him back to jail, where he remained Wednesday night. His mother cried through the entire hearing.

"This is completely out of left field," she said after the hearing. She did not wish to disclose her name. "This is just crazy. It's a nightmare."

The man's father, Eugene J. Breshears, said his son is not married.

A police officer questioned Breshears shortly after the robbery, which occurred about 2:40 p.m. Friday. Police said an officer spotted the man Friday afternoon leaving Quinton's Bar & Deli near the bank at 615 Mass.

The officer questioned Breshears and then wrote down his name, police said. Police allowed Breshears to leave the area and later went into Quinton's and found clothing left inside that matched the description of clothing worn by the robbery suspect.

No one was injured in the robbery, and the suspect did not use a weapon, police said.

-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is

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