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Woman pleads not guilty to helping man rob Le Mars bank

January 3, 2019

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman accused of helping a man rob a bank in Le Mars has pleaded not guilty.

Plymouth County District Court records say 35-year-old Karen Merrick entered written pleas last week to charges of robbery, theft, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit felony theft, accessory after the fact and eluding or attempting to elude law enforcement. A trial date has not been set.

Authorities say Merrick drove a U-Haul van used as the getaway vehicle after the Dec. 12 robbery at Iowa State Bank. Officers managed to flatten the van’s tires and arrest Merrick and 32-year-old Phillip White, also of Sioux City.

White has yet to enter his pleas. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.

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