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Wentzville police arrest bank robbery suspect in their own parking lot

A 20-year-old man from Dayton, Ohio was charged Thursday after police found the suspect sitting in the police department parking lot.

According to a police press release, the suspect, Karsten Hardeman, “caused a disturbance at a local towing company where his vehicle was towed to from another local agency after an arrest” on Wednesday, January 2. Hardeman was found with drugs and a large sum of money. He was charged with a misdemeanor and released.

Shortly afterwards, the department received a call for a bank robbery at First Financial Credit Union, 1232 Wentzville Parkway. The bank reported that a male subject had entered the bank and demanded $50,000. The tellers complied and the subject fled the area on foot.

Since the bank is across the street from the police station, one officer left on foot and immediately observed a subject matching the suspect’s description sitting on the curb in the police department parking lot. When the officer asked to see his hands, several $100 bills fell from the pockets of the suspect’s hoodie.

The subject may also be connected to bank robberies in Kansas and Texas.

Hardeman was charged with first degree robbery and stealing from a financial institution. The Wentzville Police Department is currently working with local FBI officers in partnership with agencies in Kansas and Texas to assist with their investigations of the other bank robberies.

Bond was set at $100,000, cash only, no ten percent allowed. A case review has been scheduled for January 9.


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