Pair charged for three bank robberies

By Dan Colton
for The Beacon

A federal grand jury has charged the alleged Glenbeulah bank robbers with two additional heists.

Waupun residents Justin Smith, 36, and William Balgie, 35, were arrested last summer after allegedly robbing and fleeing the Glenbeulah National Bank in August. Now, Smith and Balgie are being charged in federal court after federal prosecutors said they’re behind two more bank robberies in Allenton and Menominee Falls.

According to court documents from the United States District Court in Milwaukee, Balgie and Smith robbed the National Exchange Bank and Trust in Allenton on April 8. Police said the two men then robbed the Cornerstone Community Bank in Menomonee Falls on June 17 before striking Glenbeulah Aug. 9.

Authorities in Sheboygan County said Balgie and Smith met up Aug. 9 with a plan to purchase drugs. But neither had money, police said, so they drove around with the intent to rob a bank. They were running low on gas near Glenbeulah and decided on the bank on Main Street, according to the original criminal complaint.

Police said they managed to steal about $1,400 before being arrested in Washington County later that day.

Balgie and Smith were being held at the Sheboygan County Detention Center until last week when they were transferred into federal custody.

If found guilty on all three counts, Balgie and Smith each face up to 75 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.

A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 16.

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