Bank robbery charges filed against 'AK-47 bandit' suspect; no charges yet in 2015 Mason City heist

Bank robbery charges filed against 'AK-47 bandit' suspect; no charges yet in 2015 Mason City heist

Bank robbery charges filed against 'AK-47 bandit' suspect

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Robbery charges have been filed in Nebraska against a man suspected of being the "AK-47 bandit," who investigators believe robbed banks in five states.

Court records show 39-year-old Richard Gathercole was indicted Tuesday for an August 2014 bank robbery in Nebraska City, about 50 miles south of Omaha.

FBI officials have been looking for years for the man they believe robbed banks typically while carrying an AK-47 rifle. He is suspected of robbing Mason City's Iowa Heartland Credit Union on July 28, 2015, in addition to heists in California, Idaho, Nebraska and Washington state.

Gathercole, of Montana, was arrested June 20 near Lexington, Nebraska, after a sheriff's deputy spotted a pickup truck that Kansas authorities had reported stolen by a man who fired at a state trooper.

Gathercole also faces weapons charges.

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