Man who robbed banks in Hastings and Hampton indicted in federal court
The man who robbed the First National Bank in Hastings on Dec. 27 was indicted Thursday in federal court. The man, 49-year-old Mark Wetsch of Minneapolis, was charged with 13 counts of armed bank robbery, including the case in Hastings. Also among the robberies was one in Hampton on May 13.
Wetsch robbed the banks between March 9, 2011, and Jan. 3, 2012.
The indictment, which was filed on Feb. 7, was unsealed following Wetsch's initial appearance Thursday in federal court in St. Paul.
The indictment alleges that Wetsch robbed the banks, and in each case, put the lives of others in jeopardy by brandishing a firearm. Wetsch allegedly stole approximately $1,880 from the Rolling Hills Bank and Trust in Brewster on Jan. 3, 2012; approximately $3,200 from the Glenwood State Bank in Alexandria on Dec. 29, 2011; approximately $9,350 from the First National Bank in Hastings on Dec. 27, 2011; approximately $3,634 from the Wells Federal Bank in St. Peter on Dec. 22, 2011; approximately $2,350 from the Franklin Bank in Minneapolis on Dec. 20, 2011; approximately $3,000 from the Bremer Bank in Minneapolis on Nov. 22, 2011; approximately $3,801 from the Premier Bank in Albertville on Nov. 9, 2011; approximately $8,823 from the First National Bank in Richfield on Nov. 4, 2011; approximately $6,946 from the First National Bank in Gaylord on June 13, 2011; approximately $9,445 from the Merchants Bank in Hampton on May 13, 2011; approximately $2,225 from the Wells Fargo Bank in Faribault on April 26, 2011; approximately $3,050 from the United Educators Credit Union in Eden Prairie on April 26, 2011; and approximately $11,400 from the Klein Bank in Cologne on March 9, 2011.
Wetsch remains in custody. If convicted, he faces a potential maximum penalty of 25 years in prison on each count. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.