Top 10 of 2015: #7 Wells Fargo Bank Robbery
ST. CLOUD -- Today on our countdown of the Top 10 local news stories of 2015, we look at #7 on the list...a St. Cloud bank robbery that turned out to be an inside job.
A former Wells Fargo bank teller and his accomplice are in a federal prison, after a plot to rob the bank for drug money unraveled in the days that followed.
The robbery happened at the Wells Fargo bank on 33rd Avenue South on March 10th.
According to court documents, 28-year-old James Hagburg originally told police a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, walked to his counter inside the bank and handed him a note demanding money. Hagburg then gave the man, who was later identified as 24-year-old Drew Coldiron of Minneapolis, $23,000 in cash.
Witnesses who identified Coldiron as the robber also told police he and Hagburg knew each other. Hagburg was interviewed and eventually admitted he relied on Coldiron for heroin. In exchange for receiving heroin, Hagburg promised he wouldn't identify Coldiron as the bank robber.
Both men eventually pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting a bank robbery. They were sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison, ordered to pay more than $23,000 in restitution and recommended for a drug treatment program.
We'll continue our Top 10 countdown tomorrow (Wednesday) with our #6 story - a grassroots effort to save an historical icon in the city of St. Cloud.