Bancroft Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery and Firearms Charges
United States Attorney Joseph P. Kelly announced that Jeffrey S. Bonneau, age 38, of Bancroft, Nebraska, was sentenced today by the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp having previously pled guilty to bank robbery. Bonneau was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release and 150 hours of community service after previously pleading guilty to robbing the First Bank of Bancroft.
On April 20, 2017, at approximately 5:35 p.m., Bonneau rode a stolen ATV to the First Bank of Bancroft and parked it on the sidewalk. He was wearing a dark motorcycle helmet, camouflage clothing and gloves. He entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, He was given $6,745.00 and then fled the bank on the ATV. He was tracked to a grove area near 2345 R Road. At one point he told officers he had a gun and fired a shot in the air. After he fired the shot, Bonneau fled again through the grove and was ultimately arrested after he crashed the ATV. He was taken to Pender Hospital and it was found he had methamphetamine in his system. All of the money was recovered. There was no evidence he used or had the gun during the bank robbery.
Bonneau also pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a user of a controlled substance. He received the same sentence as for the robbery and the sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bancroft Police Department, Cuming County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol.