Council Bluffs man gets prison time for bank robbery

March 7, 2019

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man is again behind bars for bank robbery.

Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Larry Eugene Burns, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 ½ years in prison.

Prosecutors say that in September, Burns donned a bandanna and a pink shirt, walked into Centris Federal Credit Union and demanded money. Outside the bank, Burns ditched the bandanna and pink shirt in a nearby garbage can. Officers found a shirtless Burns walking a few blocks from the bank. Police say Burns later confessed to the robbery and identified himself on bank video surveillance.

Officials say Burns had been released from an Iowa prison just a month before the robbery after serving an 8-year sentence for another bank robbery.