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Robbery at Bettendorf Bank

On April 18, 2019 at 10:02 a.m. Bettendorf Police Officers were dispatched to a bank robbery that occurred at U.S. Bank, 3120 Middle Road in which a handgun was displayed.  As various marked and unmarked Bettendorf police units responded to the general vicinity and were given updated information as to the possible whereabouts of the suspects, a Bettendorf Detective observed a subject throwing suspicious items into a dumpster in the area of Tanglefoot Lane and Golden Valley Drive. The subject then got into the passenger seat of a vehicle, which then drove off continuing on Golden Valley Drive. A felony traffic stop was conducted in the 900blk of Golden Valley Drive and the driver and passenger were taken into custody without incident seven minutes after the bank robbery had occurred at 10:09 a.m.  During the subsequent investigation and search warrants being obtained evidence was gathered linking both subjects to the bank robbery today at the U.S. Bank. Upon further investigation there was evidence obtained linking the passenger to another bank robbery that had occurred in Bettendorf on March 23, 2019 at approximately 12:52 p.m. at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, 2839 AAA Ct.


The FBI was contacted and is assisting the Bettendorf Police Department along with Davenport and Moline Police Departments where similar bank robberies have occurred. The Davenport Police Department is filing Robbery 1st Degree charges on Christopher L. Schultz for the bank robbery that occurred at the DuTrac Credit Union, 3100 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, on February 16, 2019. The investigation is on-going with possibly more information and charges to follow.


At the time of the bank robbery as a precautionary measure the Bettendorf Police Department requested some nearby schools to be locked down for approximately 15 minutes.


No injuries were reported during this entire incident.


Both subjects were transported to the Scott County Jail and charged as follows.


Christopher L. Schultz, age 41, from Geneseo, IL (Passenger in vehicle)

Robbery 1st Degree (Two Counts)

Theft 2nd Degree

Conspiracy to Commit a Forcible Felony


Benjamin D. Watkins, age 21, from Geneseo, IL (Driver of vehicle)

Robbery 1st Degree

Conspiracy to Commit a Forcible Felony

Theft 3rd Degree