Omaha man guilty of CS Bank robbery

SIOUX CITY – A little more than a year after a Fort Dodge bank was robbed, a federal jury has convicted an Omaha man of committing the robbery.

Michael Clayton, 44, of Omaha, Neb., was convicted Thursday of one count of bank robbery in federal court in Sioux City. Jurors took about five hours to return their verdict, according to a statement from the United States attorney’s office, Northern District of Iowa.

Clayton was convicted of robbing the CS Bank, 130 N. 29th St., at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2013.

“That day, Clayton asked Christopher Anderson to drive him to a location near the bank and wait for him,” the U.S. attorney’s office said. “Clayton robbed the bank, returned to Anderson’s car with a bag, and urged Anderson to drive away quickly.”

Clayton, who got away with $11,284 from the robbery, according to the statement, was then driven to Omaha. He gave Anderson $1,000 for helping him get away from Fort Dodge.

Anderson pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the bank robbery on June 27, 2013. His sentencing is scheduled for March 5. Anderson faces up to 10 years in prison for his role in the robbery.

Clayton’s sentencing date will be scheduled once a pre-sentence report is prepared. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and five years of supervised release once he has served his sentence.

Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said the case “came together through great teamwork and casework by all involved.”

“We want to extend our deep appreciation to all our partners who worked side-by-side to make this possible – including the staff at CS Bank, all the public safety agencies and U.S. attorney’s office,” Carmody said. “Without the good work of our staff and our partners this case would have been much more difficult to investigate or prosecute.”

The Fort Dodge Police Department, Omaha Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation also helped during the robbery investigation.