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Minnesota Woman Charged in Robbery of Wisconsin Bank

A Minnesota woman was charged earlier this month in federal court for the armed robbery of a Wisconsin bank.

On September 12, Stanchfield, Minnesota resident Tanya K. Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of armed robbery. Anderson was initially charged with the crime in Polk County Circuit Court on September 10th.

It is alleged that Anderson walked into an Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin on September 7 and robbed the bank. A 911 call came into dispatch after 11:00 a.m. telling the dispatcher that the bank had been robbed. This is the same St. Croix Falls bank that was robbed on March 2 of this year. That robber has yet to be caught.

Bank employees said that a woman had entered the bank wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a yellow safety vest. The woman then handed the teller a note.

The teller complied with the robber’s demand and then, after the robber left, bank employees made the 911 call that gave the description of the robber and the car that she was driving.

After seeing a car with a license plate that witnesses said matched that of the robber, police arrested Anderson.

When police searched Anderson’s car, they found a note that said “This is a robbery.” The criminal complaint further states that the note said that there was a gun, although no gun was ever observed to be in the robber’s possession. It was also demanded that large untraceable bills be placed on the counter. The note concluded with “Do it now or die.” In addition to the note, police found around $4,800 in cash.

If convicted of the federal charge of armed robbery, Anderson could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

A look at Anderson’s criminal record shows that she was arrested in 2008 for writing bad checks.