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Omaha Man Sentenced for Armed Credit Union Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Joseph Lanckriet, 28, was sentenced on Thursday March 7, 201,9 in Omaha, Nebraska, by United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., for the crime of armed bank robbery.   Judge Rossiter sentenced Lanckriet to 56 months’ imprisonment, a five-year term of supervised release, and ordered Lanckriet to make restitution in the amount of $27,278 to the SAC Federal Credit Union.

On December 7, 2012, Joseph Lanckriet and co-defendant Thomas Woodard, who was sentenced in February, robbed the SAC Federal Credit Union located at 219 S 23rd St. in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and took $27,278 in credit union funds.

Brandishing a pellet gun, the two robbers confronted a credit union employee at the entrance of the credit union as she was preparing to open for business. After being forced to open the vault and providing them with money, the employee’s hands were zip tied behind her back and her driver’s license was taken from her. She was told if she called the police, they now knew where she lived and they would come back to harm her.

The case went cold but ultimately Lanckriet and Woodard were apprehended in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2014, after they committed another robbery in that city.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Plattsmouth Police Department, and the Nebraska State Patrol.

Updated March 18, 2019

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