A 38-year-old Olathe man was arrested this morning in connection with two recent robberies of the Wellsville Bank, according to an FBI spokesman.
Max Geiman, a special agent with the FBI in Kansas City, Mo., said agents arrested Dale Allen Robertson on a federal warrant issued Tuesday by a U.S. District Court judge in Topeka. The warrant was issued after a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment Tuesday.
Robertson was indicted on charges of using a firearm to rob the bank on Aug. 23, using a firearm to rob the bank on Sept. 4, and illegally using a firearm during a crime of violence in the Aug. 23 robbery, Geiman said.
During both robberies, a man entered the bank, approached a teller, demanded money, and left through the front door. The robber used a sawed-off shotgun during the Aug. 23 incident, Geiman said. During the second robbery, he concealed his hand under his shirt and indicated that he had a weapon.
He said the man was wearing what appeared to be the same baseball cap and sunglasses during both robberies.
If Robertson is convicted on all three counts, he could face a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, said Geiman.
According to the indictment, the Aug. 23 robbery resulted in a loss of $4,827, and the Sept. 4 robbery resulted in a loss of $2,736. Robertson was identified from bank surveillance photographs.
Robertson was seriously injured when he crashed a stolen Toyota pickup truck Sept. 6 on Interstate 35 in Lenexa. He stayed at Humana Hospital in Overland Park until Oct. 3, when he was moved to a convalescent center in Olathe.
Robertson, who was in the custody of federal officials today, probably will be held in the Shawnee County Jail. He was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in Topeka today, Geiman said.