Le Mars, Iowa, bank robbery suspect enters plea

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LE MARS, IOWA (KTIV) —  One of the suspects accused of robbing a Le Mars, Iowa, bank, and then leading police on a 20-mile chase in a U-Haul truck, has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Phillip White was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, January 14, to enter his plea. White’s attorneys entered a written plea of not guilty on Friday, January 11.

White is accused of robbing the Iowa State Bank in Le Mars, Iowa on December 12, 2018. Court documents say White entered the bank and left minutes later with a undisclosed amount of cash. The papers also indicate White and suspect Karen Merrick fled the scene in a U-Haul truck. Following a police chase, the two were arrested after authorities used “stop sticks” to flatten the truck’s tires.

White is charged with first-degree theft, and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Dean Welte

Dean Welte

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