MUNCIE, Ind. – A man convicted a year ago of the May 2009 armed holdup at Industrial Centre FCU unmasked his accomplice as Stanley Wills, with the defendants being tried this week for the $250,000 heist.
John Repass, now 37, was arrested in Utah weeks after the holdup in possession of credit union cash. Repass pleaded guilty to armed robbery in April 2011, but he has not yet been sentenced because prosecutors wanted him to testify against Wills.
The two men allegedly were wearing costumes and masks and armed with handguns when they burst into the branch, took the male employees to a back room and the female employees to the vault. They later left with $250,355.
One victim of the holdup said a gun was held so tightly against his forehead it left an indentation. Two other employees of the credit union said they believed the robbers planned to shoot them.
Wednesday afternoon’s testimony focused on the discovery by police of about $15,000 in cash under a bed in a home Wills shared with his girlfriend, who allegedly drove the getaway car after the robbery.
Wills is being represented by two public defenders, the sixth and seventh lawyers to represent him. Five previous attorneys left the case, in part causing the trial to be rescheduled more than 10 times.