Man admits to having stolen money. Taken in the December 7th Sac Federal Credit Union armed robbery .The guilty plea was not part of any courtroom agreement. The 21-year-old Plattsmouth man told investigators he found the money box in the woods northeast of the credit union.
“Is there a plea agreement in the case?” asked Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier as Caleb M. Searcy stood before him with defense attorney Bobie Touchstone and Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox. “No, your honor, there is no plea agreement,” said Cox.
Rehmeier reviewed the charge against Searcy: Receiving of stolen, moveable property of Sac Federal Credit Union, knowing or believing the property was stolen, value greater than $1500, a Class III Felony.
Searcy then pled guilty to the charge which carries up to a $25,000 fine, one year to 20 years in prison, or both. Cox said the state will seek restitution.
Cox then laid out the factual basis in the case: On December 7th, 2012, the Plattsmouth branch of Sac Federal Credit Union was robbed and the law enforcement investigation began. The next day, an empty bank box was recovered in the woods near the credit union. It was learned that an individual had recently come into a significant amount of money and investigators questioned Searcy who told them he knew about the robbery and found the bank box in the woods. Then, with the help of another individual, they broke open the box which is believed to have contained between $7,000 and $9,000. Searcy told investigators he took some money for himself (around $2,800) and gave the rest to other individuals, said Cox.
Rehmeier found that the factual basis for the charge existed and accepted Searcy’s guilty plea.
Sentencing will be in about six weeks.
Searcy has been in custody since his arrest.
---As reported last week in Cassgram, the law enforcement files in which investigators detail the cases against the individuals they believe are responsible for the robbery were forwarded to the courthouse on Tuesday (2/12). The reports continue to go through the legal review channels for criminal arrest warrants.