A former DuPage County deputy sheriff was sentenced to 13 years and four months in federal prison Wednesday for a pair of 2009 bank robberies in Wheaton and Naperville.
Louis H. Early, 54, was charged with holding up the Fifth Third Bank at 1311 Ridgeland Ave., Naperville on March 9, 2009. After informing employees he had a gun, Early demanded money, warning tellers not to "do anything funny," court records show. Authorities say he made off with $9,322.
Nine days later, the New York man robbed a TCF Bank located in a grocery store at 30 Danada Square West in Wheaton, where his son, Louis S. Early, worked as an assistant branch manager, court records show.
Court records indicate Louis. S. Early, 27, assisted his father with both robberies, driving the getaway car following the Naperville robbery. Altogether, the duo made off with approximately $70,000, authorities said.
Louis S. Early pleaded guilty to the Wheaton robbery in February. He was sentenced to 24 months probation and three years supervised release Thursday in federal court.
Several days after the Wheaton robbery, FBI agents arrested the elder Early in DeWitt, N.Y., after sheriff's officers investigating an unrelated complaint noticed a large amount of cash, wrapped and labeled "Federal Reserve Bank," court records showed. New York officials also recovered a loaded gun.
Louis H. Early pleaded guilty to both robberies in April. The government's sentencing memorandum filed this week reflected the senior Early's extensive criminal background including a 1986 conviction for theft and official misconduct resulting from charged that he stole $5,000 in inmate bail money while working at the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton. He was sentenced to jail, followed by two years' probation, which was revoked in 1987 after he was accused of stealing cars in Cook County. Court records also indicated the senior Early had convictions for theft and deceptive practices dating back to his twenties which escalated to bank robberies during the 1990s. In all, they total a dozen felony convictions.