UPDATE: Bettendorf Police arrest two in connection to bank robbery

Two suspects have been arrested after a bank robbery in Bettendorf. Police say 41-year-old Christopher Schultz (left) and 21-year-old Benjamin Watkins (right) have been charged.
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BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - Bettendorf Police arrested two suspects in connection to a Bank Robbery on Thursday.

Police were dispatched to U.S. Bank on the 3100 block of Middle Road at 10:02 a.m. for the robbery where a handgun was displayed to employees at the bank.

According to police, as the area was searched, a Bettendorf Detective observed a person throwing "suspicious items" into a dumpster near Tanglefoot Lane and Golden Valley Drive, before getting into the passenger seat of a vehicle.

A traffic stop was then conducted on the 900 block of Golden Valley Drive where the driver and a passenger were taken into custody, seven minutes after the robbery had occurred.

Evidence linked both subjects to the robbery at U.S. Bank. The passenger in the vehicle, 41-year-old Christopher Schultz, was also linked to a robbery at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union on AAA Court in Bettendorf on March 23, 2019.

41-year-old Christopher L. Schultz of Geneseo, Ill. is charged with two counts of first degree robbery, one count of second degree theft, and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.

Davenport Police Dept. also filed first degree robbery charges on Schultz for a robbery at DuTrac Credit Union on Kimberly Road on February 16, 2019. The investigation is still on-going.

21-year-old Benjamin D. Watkins of Geneseo, Ill. is charged with first degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, and third degree theft.

Both suspects were transported to the Scott County Jail.

Bettendorf Police Dept. was assisted by Davenport Police Dept., Moline Police Dept., and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

4/18/2019 11:00 a.m.:

Police are investigating after a bank robbery in Bettendorf Thursday morning.

City officials tell TV6 there was a bank robbery at the US Bank on Middle Road and that more information would be released throughout the day.

KWQC's Rebecca David was at the scene while officials arrived and said at this time it is unknown if there are any injuries, if there is a suspect in custody or if any money was taken from the bank.

Bettendorf High School had issued a statement via Twitter saying "Due to an event in the community, out of an abundance of caution, the Bett PD has directed BHS to go into lockdown procedures. There is NO danger at BHS; all staff and students are safe. This will be updated as we have more information."

This is a developing story. TV6 will update this as more information becomes available.