Bluffs men sentenced for 2012 bank robbery in Sac County


January 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two Council Bluffs men were sentenced today (Wednesday) to a total of just over four-years in prison for their roles in the robbery of a Sac County bank last year. 35-year old Robert Glade Edie III and 19-year old Patrick Allen Eggerling were sentenced in United States District Court in Council Bluffs, for the burglary of Farmer’s Bank and Trust in Earling. 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 also sentenced Patrick Eggerling to 15 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Both men were required to pay $100 to the Crime Victim Fund, and ordered that both are jointly liable for more than $10,900 in restitution.

Both men pled guilty to the charge, which stems from an April 12th, 2012 incident, during which the defendants during the night-time hours, entered an exterior lobby of the Farmer’s Bank and Trust in Earling, 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 men then put the ATM in the back of the stolen SUV and fled. The ATM contained approximately $6,000.00 when it was stolen. A high speed chase ensued in which Harrison County Sheriff deputies, Pottawattamie County Sheriff deputies, and Iowa State Patrol troopers pursued suspects vehicle. The chase reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour in the wrong direction on the interstate, until Edie, who was driving the vehicle, lost control of the it.

The SUV became airborne, left the interstate and crashed through a fence, before coming to rest in a field. Law enforcement personnel captured the men hiding in a ravine near the wrecked vehicle, and recovered the ATM, still containing the stolen money. Both suspects were on State of Iowa probation or parole at the time of the bank burglary.

The case against them 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.