Arrest made in Scottsbluff bank robbery

The Scottsbluff Police Department has made an arrest in the November 21st robbery of the Valley Bank & Trust branch located at 502 Broadway. An ongoing investigation into numerous thefts from local banks assisted in the identification of a male subject observed on surveillance video entering the bank and demanding cash during the robbery. These preceding theft / fraud investigations identified several subjects that were being sought for questioning.

As part of the preceding investigation, surveillance video from several local banks had been obtained and/or requested and the surveillance videos from those cases were compared to that of the Valley Bank robbery video. This provided a connection between the crimes being investigated in several of these cases. The search for one male that appeared in most of these videos led officers to a residence in the North Side Mobile Home Park located at 2307 W 42nd Street north of Scottsbluff. Officers located this male suspect at trailer #20.

Scottsbluff officers arrested 42 year old Michael Scott of Scottsbluff and he has been charged with one count of Robbery, one count of Theft of more than $1500.00 and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). Michael Scott was in possession of U.S. Currency and a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine when taken into custody.

Officers executed search warrants at 2307 W 42nd Street #20 (North Side Mobile Home Park), the home of Latricia Degeest, as well as 1413 E Overland #30 (Eastwood Apts.), the home of Michael Scott in the early morning hours of Friday, November 23rd.

Items recovered in these searches included banking records, financial transaction devices and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency. The financial records and devices recovered in these searches were from bank branches involved in the investigations. Also seized were small amounts of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

These investigations are ongoing as it appears that other crimes were committed. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department.

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