OGDEN, Utah – A man who walked away from county jail in May was arrested last week after he allegedly robbed an Ogden credit union and a Montana CU, as well as banks in Oklahoma and Montana.
Police said Joshua Beckstead, 32, failed to return from a May 8 dental furlough from the jail, where he was serving time for forgery. He never made it to the appointment he had made from the jail with an Ogden dentist. A jail dentist recommended Beckstead have several teeth pulled, but Beckstead asked to see his own dentist to try to salvage them.
Since then, Beckstead is believed to have travelled to Cody, Wyo., where he allegedly tried to rob Sunlight FCU and First Bank of Wyoming; and to Cheyenne, Wyo., where he allegedly robbed ANB Bank.
Beckstead is suspected in the May 15 holdup of Weber CU, as well as a robbery at Altana FCU in Columbus, Mont., on June 26.
Beckstead also is linked by his Ogden cell phone number to a June 9 bank robbery in Maysville, Okla. The number was recognized by an unnamed person who unwittingly drove Beckstead to the bank, waiting in the parking lot while the robbery allegedly was committed.