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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on March 6, 2019, Larry Eugene Burns, age 30, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt for Bank Robbery by Intimidation. Burns was sentenced to 30 months in prison to be followed by a term of supervised release of three years.

In September 2018, Burns donned a bandana and a pink shirt, walked into Centris Federal Credit Union, and demanded money from the teller. After robbing the Credit Union, Burns ditched the bandana and pink shirt, which were later recovered in a nearby garbage can. Officers located a shirtless Burns walking a few blocks from the bank, and he matched the description given by the witnesses. Burns later confessed to the robbery and identified himself on the bank video surveillance. One month prior to robbing the Centris Federal Credit Union, Burns was released from an Iowa prison after serving an eight-year sentence for bank robbery.

This case was investigated by Council Bluffs Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated March 7, 2019

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