Men charged with 2012 Greenville robbery spree

GREENVILLE – After a three year investigation, the Greenville Police Department has charged two local men with a rash of armed robberies that occurred in October and November of 2012 at several local businesses.

Heath A. Gessler, 29, and Evan L. Bowman, 23, of Greenville were booked into the Darke County jail Monday afternoon on charges of Complicity to Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping, felonies of the first degree. They were both interviewed Monday and admitted to the crimes, according to a press release from the Greenville Police Department.

The men face charges in connection with a robbery at The Flower Patch on Oct. 25, 2012 in which they allegedly tied up a clerk while brandishing a handgun during the robbery. They are also said to be connected with two other similar robberies at the former Parkside Beverage Dock and Fairground Drive-Thru in Greenville. The three offenses occurred within a two week crime spree that left local businesses on high alert.

“Rick, myself along with Jennifer and Katie are so grateful to the Greenville PD for their hard work, commitment and staying diligent over the past three years,” said The Flower Patch owner Kathy Beam. “We can all rest a little easier now!”

A large cash reward was offered following the violent crimes. The clerk at The Flower Path robbery was able to provide enough description that an artist rendering was developed with a flyer to help in the investigation. The case has remained on the Unsolved Crimes page on the Darke County Crime Stoppers website since the robberies occurred.

Gessler and Bowman remain jailed on bond. Darke County Common Pleas Court Jonathan P. Hein ordered a $150,000 bond for Gessler and a $100,000 bond for Bowman. Both are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 10. Several additional charges will be presented to the Grand Jury later this month. The pair faces a maximum of 11 years on each first degree felony charge, in addition to gun specifications that carry a three year mandatory sentence for each robbery.

If anyone has additional information regarding these crimes, please contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-5 48-1103 or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661, you can remain anonymous.

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