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Police release suspect in robberies at Dillons’ Intrust Bank branch

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at 7:13 p.m.

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William Callison is worn out.

His life has been filled with questions and suspicions for nearly a week now, ever since someone told authorities he was the man who robbed the Intrust Bank branch inside the Dillons at Seneca and 31st Street South on Oct. 28.

He swears he didn’t do it – and his boss at Payday Motors says he has the video to prove it.

“We had plenty of proof he was working here at the time” of last week’s bank robbery, Payday general manager Preston Kraft said.

At the time of Callison’s arrest, police officials said they had reason to believe he was responsible for two robberies of the same bank less than three weeks apart. But Kraft called it a case of mistaken identity.

“I am so questioned out … trying to prove my innocence,” Callison said. “I’m at my wits’ end.”

The dealership, which is in the 4000 block of South Broadway, has 13 cameras on its property and they record around the clock, he said. Callison is a dedicated, longtime employee of the dealership, Kraft said.

“There was some resemblance, as far as what the two guys look like,” Kraft said.

Police are conducting additional investigative work in the case, Capt. Brent Allred said, and Callison hasn’t been cleared as a suspect yet.

“I guess he won’t be 100 percent free until after the DNA comes back,” Kraft said.

In the Oct. 28 robbery, police have said, a slightly built man drove off in a silver Ford Explorer after the robbery.

The man entered the store at about 2:30 p.m., went to the Intrust Bank branch inside and handed the teller a note that said: “Give me all the money and do not hit the alarm.”

The tellers complied and the robber walked out of the store and drove away.

In the Oct. 9 robbery, police said a man passed a note demanding money to tellers at the bank branch shortly before 1 p.m.

He was last seen pulling out of one of the parking lot’s south entrances in a small red or maroon compact vehicle, police said.

“I know that we have a suspect in this case,” Allred said. “I’m going to let the evidence determine if we arrested the correct person.”

Police have video from Payday and are reviewing it, he said. Among the details they’re checking is the accuracy of the time stamps on the Payday and Intrust Bank videos. The dealership and the bank are less than three miles apart.

“Video is just one piece of evidence that we have,” Allred said, though he would not go into specifics.

“We don’t want to arrest or convict the wrong person,” Allred said. “That’s why we’ve taken evidence to the (Sedgwick County Regional) Forensic Science Center.”

Callison said he figures there are a lot of people out there who look like him.

“I’m ate up with this being judged thing,” he said. “There’s been so many rumors and so much hearsay.”

The ordeal has Callison questioning who he can trust other than his family and his boss.

“I know inside my heart I didn’t do it,” he said. “I know physically I didn’t do it. I know mentally I didn’t do it.

“I’m sure they’re lied to all the time. I’m the kind of guy, I do something wrong, I’m going to own it.”

Allred said there’s no timetable on how soon evidence analysis work will be completed.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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