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Council Bluffs Men Sentenced For Bank Burglary

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – On January 16, 2013, two Council Bluffs men, Robert Glade Edie III (age 35) and Patrick Allen Eggerling (age 19) were sentenced in United States District Court in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the burglary of Farmer’s Bank and Trust in Earling, Iowa, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Robert Edie to 34 months in prison, to be followed by 24 months of supervised release. The Judge sentenced Patrick Eggerling to 15 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. The Judge also ordered each defendant to pay a $100.00 special assessment to the Crime Victim Fund, and ordered that both defendants were jointly and severally liable for $10,918.80 in restitution.

Both defendants had previously entered guilty pleas to the bank burglary charge. The charge arose out of an April 12, 2012 incident in which the defendants during the night entered an exterior lobby of the Farmer’s Bank and Trust in Earling, Iowa, attached a log chain to an ATM, and using a stolen motor vehicle, pulled the ATM from its base and drug the ATM from the bank lobby. The defendants then put the ATM in the back of the stolen SUV and fled Earling, Iowa. The ATM contained approximately $6,000.00 when stolen by the defendants. A high speed chase ensued in which Harrison County Sheriff deputies, Pottawattamie County Sheriff deputies, and Iowa State Patrol troopers pursued the fleeing defendants. The chase included defendants driving at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour in the wrong direction on the interstate, until Defendant Edie, driving the vehicle, lost control of the vehicle, with the vehicle becoming airborne, leaving the interstate, crashing through a fence, and coming to rest in a field. Law enforcement personnel captured the defendants hiding in a ravine near the wrecked vehicle, and recovered the ATM, still containing the stolen money. Both defendants were on State of Iowa probation or parole at the time of the bank burglary.

This case was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, and the Iowa State Patrol. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Updated March 12, 2015