Man In Black Bank Robber Guilty 07 May 13

The “Man in Black” bank robber has admitted to stealing more than $110,000 in 31 bank robberies across Minnesota, including the Wells Federal Bank in St. Peter. 50-year-old Mark Wetsch pleaded guilty Monday to five bank or credit union robberies between March 2011, and January 2012. Those robberies were in Hastings, St. Peter, Albertville, Hampton and Eden Prairie. In entering the plea, Wetsch also admitted responsibility for 25 additional bank robberies in 2011, including in Gaylord and Cologne. Last month, he pleaded guilty to holding up a bank in Brewster in 2012 – the robbery that led to his capture. He was arrested in St. Peter after that robbery after being stopped on Highway 169. Wetsch remains in custody, and the government is seeking a 14 year prison sentence. A sentencing date has not yet been set.