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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wichita Man Sentenced For Intrust Bank Branch Robbery

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for robbing an Intrust Bank branch in a grocery store in west Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

David D. Spenst, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on Oct. 15, 2012, Spenst robbed the Intrust Bank branch located inside the Dillon’s grocery store at 10222 W. 21st in Wichita. He entered the bank about 5:42 p.m. and asked to speak to someone about a loan. He told an assistant manager he had a gun and a bomb and offered to show the manager the gun. The manager put money from the teller drawers into a manila envelope, which Spent took with him when he left the bank.

After the Wichita Police Department released video from bank surveillance cameras, investigators received information that Spenst was the robber. He was arrested Oct. 17 while he was staying at the Drury Hotel in Wichita. Investigators recovered cash from the robbery, a realistic looking air pistol, a metal aerosol can covered in black tape to resemble a bomb and a T-shirt bearing the words “Cheese Steak” that Spenst wore during the robbery.

Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the FB I and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch for their work on the case.

Updated December 15, 2014