Bank Theft Suspects Collared

Investigations into bank incidents yield suspects.

A man is in custody in Colorado in connection with the armed robbery at the American Exchange Bank in Eagle on December 16th of last year. An Iowa man is named as the suspect in the January 25th theft of an ATM and its cash from the Nehawka Bank in Nehawka.

Cass County Sheriff Wm. C. Brueggemann advises deputies followed up on numerous leads developed through tips received from citizens in connection with the Eagle robbery.

The suspect, 34-year-old James Graber of Kansas, was arrested in Colorado in connection with a bank robbery attempt that occurred in Longmont, CO. Graber is also suspected of robbing a bank in Davenport, IA.

Through the local investigation, leads were developed and numerous characteristics of the bank robber matched the description and circumstances of the other robberies in Iowa and Colorado in which Graber is a suspect, says Brueggemann.

Physical evidence gathered during the other bank robberies is being processed and is already being compared to evidence collected from the bank robbery in Eagle.

When Graber was arrested in Colorado he was wearing makeup that altered his appearance. Graber also had numerous items in his possession specifically designed to alter appearance.

Report sharing with other agencies and cooperative efforts with the FBI are expected to lead to federal charges through the US Attorney's Office in Nebraska. Graber is currently being held on Colorado state stalking charges for allegedly following several bank employees home before the bank robbery incident in Colorado.

The Eagle investigation is ongoing.

-- After a three month investigation, and corroboration of evidence and information from law enforcement agencies in three separate states, a suspect was produced in the Nehawka ATM theft. The suspect is 54-year-old Clifford Badberg of Council Bluffs, IA, says Brueggemann.

Cass County investigators traveled to Sac County, Iowa where Badberg is being held in connection with an attempted ATM theft in that county.

Investigators interviewed Badberg and Badberg confirmed his involvement with the ATM theft at the Nehawka Bank, says Brueggemann.

Local charges are pending against Badberg and the investigation is continuing.

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