Charles Lamar Steele, 23, Topeka, Kan., and Lamar Ray Steele, 23, Topeka, are charged with robbing a Check Into Cash store in Topeka.
According to court documents, Charles Lamar Steele entered the store with a handgun and grabbed a clerk by the wrist and forced her to the cash drawers. He demanded money and threatened to kill her if she did not comply. He struck her in the head with the gun, forced her to front door and told her to stay on the ground and keep her head down until he was gone.
Surveillance photos from the robbery showed another man talking on a cell phone while holding the front door open at the time Steele entered the store. Investigators identified the man with the phone and used phone records to determine that at the time of the robbery he was connected to Charles Lamar Steele's phone number. Investigators also learned that Lamar Ray Steele had helped plan the robbery.
Both brothers face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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