Octogenarian charged with being wheel man in Billings bank robberies

Steven James Whitecloud, 87, was charged with robbery by accountability Aug. 31, 2023. 

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An octogenarian on probation is accused of assisting in robbing two Billings banks, one of which he was sentenced for robbing about 15 years ago.

Steven James Whitecloud has been charged with two felonies in connection to alleged robberies in the past nine days. The 87-year-old is a co-defendant in the case, with county prosecutors charging Patrick Allen Justice, 25, with carrying out the robbery and trying to escape the scene with Whitecloud allegedly acting as the wheel man.

Following his arrest, according to charging documents, Whitecloud admitted to his role in both robberies, telling police he wanted an “adrenaline rush.”

On Aug. 24, officers with the Billings Police Department responded to a robbery at the U.S. Bank on the 1600 block of Grand Avenue. An employee told police a man came into the bank wearing a hat, sunglasses and a blue bandana covering his face. The man allegedly passed the employee a note demanding cash. The note said the man had

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