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Monday, June 25, 2018

Monticello Man Arrested in Colorado After Allegedly Robbing Bank in Iowa

Charged in Criminal Complaint with Robbing Bank in Springville

Joseph Jay Kripner, age 46, from Monticello, Iowa, has been charged with one count of bank robbery.­  The charges are contained in a complaint unsealed Wednesday in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

The complaint alleges that that, in early June 2018, Kripner robbed the Security State Bank in Springville, Iowa.  Kripner displayed what appeared to be a gun at a teller.  The teller provided Kripner with cash in a plastic shopping bag.  Kripner then left the bank quickly.  With the help of the “Crimestoppers” tip line, law enforcement officers later compared photographs of Kripner with surveillance camera footage from the bank heist. 

Kripner appeared on June 19, 2018, in federal court in Colorado, and was held without bond.  Kripner will appear in federal court in Cedar Rapids once the United States Marshal’s Service transports him to Iowa.  If convicted, Kripner faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Vavricek and was investigated by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers.  Court file information at

The case file number is 18-MJ-204 (N.D. Iowa) and 18-MJ-1111 (D. Colo.).  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

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