FARGO — Recently filed court documents have shed more light on a southeast North Dakota bank robbery, including how much was stolen and plans to rob a second bank.
Tessa Ann Marie Jaksa, 43, of Moorhead, appeared Tuesday, July 20, in U.S. District Court in Fargo on a federal count of bank robbery. The charge stems from allegations that she robbed Wyndmere’s lone bank this week.
A masked Jaksa allegedly walked into the Lincoln State Bank shortly before 11 a.m. Monday and told a teller, “I have a gun and I want all the money,” according to a criminal complaint. She then showed the teller a handgun, the complaint said.
She drove off in a pickup with $7,147, the complaint said.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Office circulated photos of the pickup as well as a photo of a woman dressed in construction clothing, sunglasses and a hard hat.
Someone at the People’s State Bank in Fairmount, N.D., about 41 miles southeast of Wyndmere, spotted a woman matching the one seen in circulated photos, the complaint said. Another person spotted a pickup similar to the one in the photos in a Moorhead apartment parking lot, police said.
Moorhead police arrested Jaksa, who claimed to be a traveling nurse and appeared to live at the apartment building where she was found, according to the complaint. She allegedly told them they could find what they were looking for in her garage, car and apartment, the complaint said.
Investigators said in court documents they found the money stolen from the Lincoln State Bank in Jaksa’s apartment.
The complaint said Jaksa waived her right to remain silent before telling investigators she was planning to rob the bank for two weeks so she could use the money to buy clothes. She also acknowledged using a gun in the bank robbery, the complaint alleged.
She had planned to rob the Fairmount bank and even entered the business with a gun, but she got scared and left, the complaint said.
Jaksa is being held at the Cass County Jail. A detention hearing, during which bond is expected to be set, will be held Friday.
Wyndmere is about 25 miles west of Wahpeton.