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District of Kansas

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Topeka Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery At Kaw Valley Bank

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Topeka man pleaded guilty Friday to robbing a Topeka bank, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Cade Michael Sharples, 37, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Topeka to one count of bank robbery.

In his plea, he admitted that on Sept. 17, 2013, he robbed the Kaw Valley Bank at 3000 SE Croco Road in Topeka. Sharples gave the teller a letter saying, “I’m here to rob you. I have a gun. Do as I say and you won’t get hurt.” He left the bank with the money and walked to his car, which was parked in a stall at a carwash nearby. Police released surveillance video from the robbery and received tips leading them to Sharples. He was arrested in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Sentencing is set for March 31. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.