Armed Robbery & Stolen Vehicle in R.C.

By Jason Schock

A spokesperson for the Omaha Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Monday morning said an official statement regarding the investigation of an armed bank robbery in Humboldt woud be forthcoming, and presumably it still is.

As of the early morning hours Tuesday, the FBI had yet to release any information about – or comment on – it’s current investigation of Saturday morning’s armed robbery at American National Bank in Humboldt. Public Affairs Specialist Sandy Breault, reached by phone at just after 9 a.m. Monday, declined comment but assured this reporter that a statement woud be imminent. (For the most current developments go to www.fcjournal.net) 

According to the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office, one of two bank employees operating the bank pressed the silent alarm button at 11:13 a.m. Saturday after being robbed at gunpoint by a white male in his 40’s, wearing a mask and black clothing. Armed with a handgun, he made off with an undisclosed sum of money. The alert was picked up by members of the sheriff’s office, who then notified the FBI, which handles all cases of bank robbery in the U.S.. 

Nobody was injured and Bank President Adrian Breen praised the staff members for adhering to protocol and said he was thankful no one was hurt.

A Nebraska City bank was robbed in August 2014 by a suspect known as the “AK-47 Bandit” because of the assault-style rifle he’s believed to have used in several other bank robberies. Described as a “stocky white male, ages 25-40,” the “AK-47 Bandit” is also wanted in connection with robberies in Idaho, Washington and California. The suspect allegedly shot and injured an officer during a heist in Chino, CA, in 2012. 

There remains a $100,000 reward for his capture.

Auto theft: Police close in on suspect(s)

A 2005 Ford 500 owned by Lisa Pokorny and stolen from her garage near 24th and McLean Streets either late Wednesday or early Thursday, April 1 and 2, was recovered in a matter of hours and police alluded Monday they’re nipping at the heels of the party or parties responsible. 

According to FC Police Chief Duane Armbruster, two thefts from other vehicles in that same neighborhood occurred that night, and the cases are related. 

Pokorny’s car was was found in an undisclosed shed northeast of Falls City Thursday afternoon. The car didn’t appear to have any damage, but in it were items allegedly taken from the other cars.

Armbruster said he expects an arrest or arrests to be made this week.

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