Twins charged in Topeka robbery

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Twin brothers from Topeka have been charged in the armed holdup of a payday loan store in the city earlier this month.

The U.S. Attorney’s office filed charges Tuesday against 23-year-old Charles Lamar Steele and Lamar Ray Steele. The brothers have initial court appearances on Thursday and do not yet have attorneys.

Prosecutors allege that Charles Steele entered a Check Into Cash store on June 4, grabbed the clerk by the wrist and forced her at gunpoint to open a cash drawer. The clerk was hit on the head with the gun and ordered to stay down until the robber left.

Lamar Steele is charged with helping plan the robbery, which netted $1,100.

Still unidentified is a woman reported by the clerk to have driven Charles Steele away from the scene. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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