Robbery Case Has Another Plea

Another plea in a case involving money stolen in the December 7th robbery of the Sac Federal Credit Union branch in Plattsmouth. 29-year-old Gabriel L. Coen of Plattsmouth entered a no contest plea to aiding and abetting theft by receiving, over $1500, a Class III Felony. It was part of a plea agreement in which the original charge of theft by receiving was amended to the aiding and abetting count. The original charge was also a Class III Felony. There is no agreement on sentencing. The sentencing hearing is set for September 9th.

The Cassgram reports a Class III Felony carries up to a $25,000 fine, 1 to 20 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections, or both.

In laying out the factual basis, Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox read from a prepared statement that he and defense attorney Mike Fitzpatrick agreed upon. Cox related the story again of how 22-year-old Caleb Searcy told Gabriel Coen and Coen’s now estranged wife, 32-year-old Brandi Coen, that he found money and shared it with them. The money box Searcy possessed contained $9,145.

When police executed a search warrant at the Coen apartment on Avenue B the day after the robbery, $1,000 was found in Gabriel’s sock drawer in the bedroom and then $900 was later found under a rug, said Cox. It was later learned that Brandi admitted she had $1,000 stuffed in her bra during the apartment search, said Cox. That money was never recovered.

In the statement read by Cox, Gabriel Coen maintains he did not know about the bank robbery until informed by law enforcement.

Restitution will be asked for, said Cox. Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier said he hopes the attorneys can resolve the amount before the sentencing date.

Searcy is now serving a four year to eight year sentence in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on a Class III Felony conviction for possessing the stolen money. (Archives 4/2/13)

Brandi Coen is charged with theft by receiving, knowing or believing the money was stolen, value greater than $1500, a Class III Felony. According to online court scheduling, her case is still set for a jury trial on August 6th. She was the only one of the three not to waive a preliminary hearing in county court.

No one has been charged with the actual robbery. Two individuals entered the credit union and took three containers of money.


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