It's a strange case involving transients, tales of found money and a shopping trip to an adult sex toy store.
The Cass County attorney has charged three people — Caleb M. Searcy, Gabriel L. Coen and Brandi L. Coen — with receiving stolen money from a December robbery at the SAC Federal Credit Union.
But no one has been arrested for the actual robbery, which netted over $25,000.
Law officers, including an FBI agent, have interviewed a long cast of characters, including three men who shared a tent in the woods near the credit union, a married couple who live in a nearby apartment, a jail trusty and a man who was given marijuana to keep quiet.
According to an arrest warrant, the robbery began about 6:45 a.m. Dec. 7 when a female employee arrived at the credit union at 219 S. 23rd St. in Plattsmouth.
Two unidentified masked men emerged from the bushes. The employee said both men were wearing all black and were about 6 feet tall, but one of them was carrying a blue backpack that was labeled Air Force.
The men, one of whom had a gun, entered the credit union with the employee and ordered her to shut off the alarm system. One of the men told the employee to open the safe and said she wouldn't be hurt.
The men stuffed the money from the safe into the backpack and their pockets before washing the vault and counter down with bleach. They left with two other locked bank drawers. The three bank drawers contained $27,327.84 in all.
The next day, a Plattsmouth resident brought a damaged and empty money drawer into the police station. He said the drawer had been in a tent in a wooded area near the Nottingham Court Apartments.
The man said his father-in-law had seen video footage of the robbery and believed that Caleb Searcy, who was known to sleep in the tent, was involved.
An hour later, a Plattsmouth detective searched the tent and found another bank drawer. It was unopened and contained $7,877.56.
A second detective knew Searcy to be a frequent guest at the apartment of Brandi and Gabriel Coen from a previous drug investigation. The Coens live at Nottingham Court, about 150 yards from Searcy's tent.
During the course of the investigation, officers learned that the Coens and Searcy had made a trip the day of the robbery to the Adult Sex Emporium in Council Bluffs, where the purchases included adult videos, lubricant and one sex toy.
Investigators say Gabriel Coen, who had denied receiving any money, later allegedly admitted to accepting $1,000 after hearing details of Searcy's conversations with police. Brandi Coen later allegedly admitted to being present Dec. 6 in the apartment when her husband, Searcy and another man were drinking and discussing how to commit a bank robbery.
According to the affidavit, a 25-year-old man who was in the Coens' apartment when it was raided Dec. 8 said he was asking questions about Searcy having a large amount of money on him and was told the cash was found in the woods.
The man said Brandi Coen handed him a Marlboro cigarette box full of marijuana and said “here's this to not speak.”
In January, a jail trusty who knows Searcy saw him sitting in the Cass County Jail and asked him what he had done to be under arrest.
Searcy allegedly replied, “I kinda robbed a bank.”
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