Suspect arrested after robbery at Helena bank

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Two Helena police officers walk out of Valley Bank on 9th Avenue Friday afternoon following a reported robbery.

Nolan Lister INDEPENDENT RECORD

A Helena man was arrested in connection with a robbery at a local bank Friday afternoon. 

John James Laverdure, 45, was booked into the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of one count of robbery, officials said.

Laverdure is a Helena probationer with prior convictions for burglary, theft, criminal mischief and probation violation, according to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The robbery was reported around 3:20 p.m. at Valley Bank, 1900 9th Ave., the Helena Police Department reported.  The person who called 911 said a man handed a teller a note demanding money and fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was shown. 

While reviewing surveillance footage from the bank, a detective recognized the man from other recent involvements and gathered a description of a vehicle the man was known to drive. A short time later, a patrol officer located the vehicle and

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