SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A long unsolved case is finally being put to rest.
Karlis Baisden, 24, Vermillion, S.D., who was awaiting sentencing for a botched bank robbery in Lawton, Iowa, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to robbing the Cedar Security Bank, Fordyce.
The Fordyce bank robbery took place Dec. 14, 2010. Court records show approximately $19,000 was stolen in that robbery.
Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said the money from the robbery has not been recovered, however.
Baisden tried April 6 to rob First Trust and Savings Bank, Lawton, Iowa, but fled after a customer pulled up to the bank. He was later arrested after crashing his car into an Iowa State Patrol vehicle.
Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said once Baisden was apprehended he immediately became a suspect in the Fordyce case.
“The Lawton robbery made us believe there were some similarities between that robbery and the Fordyce one,” Koranda said.
Koranda said the FBI has been gathering evidence ever since. They executed a search of Baisden’s home and found clothing used in the Fordyce robbery and disguises.
Sheriff Koranda said they discovered Baisden had been considering several banks to rob based on their assets and their proximity to law enforcement.
They also confiscated his computer in the search.
Once the computer forensics came back, Koranda said, that was the nail in the coffin that tied him into the Fordyce robbery.
He has pleaded guilty in that case to federal charges of bank robbery, using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and interstate transport of a stolen vehicle.
Sentencing is expected to be in late February.