Bank Robber Hearing Delay 01 Aug 12

The next court hearing for a Minneapolis man allegedly responsible for a string of bank robberies across the state has been delayed while new evidence is brought forward. 50-year-old Mark Wetsch has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of armed bank robbery in US District Court. Wetsch was arrested outside of St. Peter in January after a bank robbery in Brewster. He allegedly alluded to other bank robberies at the time, such as at the Wells Federal Bank in St. Peter in which $3,600 was stolen and the First National Bank in Gaylord in which nearly $9,000 was stolen. A delay in his next hearing was granted after prosecutors learned that the St. Peter Police Department had evidence they didn’t know about. Defense attorneys, meanwhile, have filed a motion to have that evidence, as well as statements Wetsch made to authorities after his arrest, suppressed. They say that police didn’t have reasonable suspicion or probable cause to stop Wetsch, and that he had asked for an attorney but wasn’t provided one before he was questioned. He faces up to 25 years in prison on each of the charges against him, and will be back in court on August 27th.