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Sioux City man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for robbing Le Mars, IA bank

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A Sioux City man will spend the next 12 years in federal prison for robbing a Le Mars, Iowa, bank back in 2018.

On Friday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Phillip White was sentenced for his role in the December 12, 2018, robbery of the Iowa State Bank.

A second suspect in the case, Karen Merrick, has also pleaded guilty to charges. Her sentencing date has yet to be set.

According to a criminal complaint, White drove Merrick to Le Mars inside a U-Haul truck and circled the bank several times, casing the bank.

White parked the U-Haul at The Brew parking lot next to the alley before entering the bank shortly before 2:30 p.m., and told a bank employee he wanted money and had a weapon.

According to the complaint, the teller gathered money from the drawer before giving it to White. White then ran back to the U-Haul with the money where Merrick was in the driver’s seat.

Police took chase of the truck, beginning west out of Le Mars on county road C38 before White and Merrick headed south on county road K18.

The truck was finally stopped more than 20-miles away, in southwestern Plymouth County after officers flattened the truck’s tires with stop sticks.

Police say all of the money stolen was recovered in the U-Haul van.

Blake Branch

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