WORTHINGTON (TEC News) – The Minneapolis man arrested this week in St. Peter for allegedly robbing a bank in Brewster has been formerly charged in Nobles County.
49-year-old Mark Edward Wetsch had his conditional bail set today at $300,000 after he was charged with three felonies, including 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery, Terroristic Threats and Theft.
St. Peter police were on alert for a silver-colored Ford Edge SUV that had been used during the late morning hold up of the Rolling Hills Ban in Brewster. Because there was a similar vehicle seen during the December 22nd robbery of the Wells Federal bank in St. Peter and suspicions the suspect may live in the Twin Ciites, St. Peter police kept an eye out because Highway169 would be a direct route from Nobles County to the metro.
They arrested Wetsch around 1:11 p.m. in St. Peter without incident.
Nobles County court documents allege Wetsch used a black-colored toy cap gun to hold up the bank in Brewster and escape with $1,800 cash.
St. Peter police said they recovered a toy gun and a large amount of money during his arrest.
Wetsch is suspected in several other so-called “Man In Black” bank heists across the metro. Investigators are looking into whether he was also responsible for the St. Peter holdup.
At this time Wetsch has not been charged with any of the other bank robberies.