PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. — A 21-year-old unemployed man was sentenced Monday in Cass County District Court to four to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than $9,000 taken from a credit union.
Caleb M. Searcy of Plattsmouth will be eligible for parole after two years and must be released after four. Judge Randall L. Rehmeier credited Searcy with 114 days served in the Cass County Jail.
Defense attorney Bobie Touchstone asked Rehmeier to consider probation for Searcy, noting that her client is the father of two children and has been in trouble with the law on only a couple of occasions. Rehmeier said the seriousness of the offense called for a prison term.
Searcy admitted to receiving between $2,800 and $3,100 that was stolen from the SAC Federal Credit Union in Plattsmouth in December. Also charged with receiving stolen money from that robbery are Gabriel and Brandi Coen of Plattsmouth, who have entered pleas of not guilty.
No one has been arrested for the robbery, which netted more than $27,000.
Of the missing money, about $11,000 has been recovered.
According to an arrest warrant, the robbery occurred about 6:45 a.m. Dec. 7 as a female employee arrived at the credit union in Plattsmouth.
Two masked men emerged from the bushes and accosted the woman.
The employee said both men were about 6 feet tall and clad in black. One was carrying a blue backpack labeled “Air Force.”
The men, one of whom had a gun, entered the credit union with the employee and ordered her to shut off the alarm system. One of the men told the employee to open the safe and said she wouldn't be hurt.
The men stuffed $10,304.87 from a bank drawer into the backpack and their pockets before washing the vault and counter with bleach. They left with two other locked bank drawers.
The three bank drawers contained $27,327.84.
The next day, a Plattsmouth resident brought a damaged, empty money drawer to police and said he found it in a tent in a wooded area in town.
According to the bank, the drawer would have held $9,145.41.
The man said his father-in-law had seen video footage of the robbery and believed that Searcy, who was known to sleep in the tent, was involved.
An hour later, a Plattsmouth detective searched the tent and found another bank drawer. It was unopened and contained $7,877.56.
A second detective knew Searcy sometimes stayed with Brandi and Gabriel Coen at Nottingham Court Apartments, which are about 150 yards from the tent.
Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said officers subsequently recovered about $3,150 from the Coen apartment.
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