Robbery suspect arrested

Previous mugshot of Adam Wright of Springfield / Sangamon County Sheriff's office

UPDATED: May 12 at 10:20 a.m.

The man accused of robbing the Members First Community Credit Union in Quincy last week, made his first appearance in court Thursday.

Adam Wright was charged with Class 2 Felony Robbery. He faces up to 14 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Ed Downey was appointed as his public defender.

Wright announced in court that he wanted to plead guilty. But Judge Bob Adrian denied that request.

Wright's next court date will be May 17, 2011.


The man suspected of robbing a Quincy bank last week is behind bars and expected to face charges in Quincy Thursday.

Quincy Police worked with detectives from Sangamon County to arrest 31-year-old Adam Wright of Springfield Tuesday night.

This isn't Adam Wright's first brush with the law.

When surveilance cameras caught Adam Wright robbing Quincy's Members First Community Credit Union on North 24th Street last week, it wasn't the first time he was caught on tape holding up a bank.

In fact, he was arrested back in 2004 for a string of five bank robberies in 2003 and 2004 in Springfield. A roommate was also connected with three of the hold-ups.

Wright was convicted of robbing these banks in Springfield, Illinois:

- Bank One in August 2003

- Sangamon Schools Credit Union on Feb. 13, 2004

- Security Bank on Feb. 20, 2004

- Prairie State Bank and Trust on March 4, 2004

- Security Bank on Aug. 12, 2004.

According to Federal prison records, Wright was sentenced to 6 years in a federal prison in Canaan, Pennsylvania and was ordered to pay $21 thousand dollars in restitution. He was moved to several other federal prisons until his release on November 3, 2009. According to a Federal Prison spokesperson that was about a year early for good behavior time he had accrued.

Now just a little over a year since his release, he was caught on tape again robbing the Quincy's Members First Community Credit Union.

But detectives say this time he changed his locale, choosing Quincy as his target.

He's expected to be formally charged with the robbery in an Adams County Courtroom Thursday.


ORIGINAL STORY: May 10 at 9:22 p.m.

The Quincy Police Department has arrested a suspect in the robbery of the Members First Community Credit Union on North 24th Street in Quincy.

You'll remember that the robbery suspect entered the credit union Thursday, May 5 and demanded money from the teller. No weapon was displayed and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Adams County States Attorney issued a warrant for 31-year-old Adam Wright of Springfield, Illinois Tuesday.

After obtaining the robbery warrant, detectives from the Quincy Police Department traveled to Springfield where, while working with detectives from Sangamon County SO, they located and arrested Adam Wright at around 5:30 Tuesday evening.

Wright is currently lodged in the Sangamon County Jail awaiting transport back to Quincy.

Wright is also currently on federal parole for a bank robbery back in 2004.