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Minn. woman sentenced in St. Croix County bank robbery

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Madison (Press Release) - Tanya Kay Anderson, 39, of Staunchfield, Minn., was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 46 months in federal prison for bank robbery.  Anderson pleaded guilty to this charge on February 5, 2013.

On September 7, 2012, Tanya Kay Anderson robbed the Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls. Anderson drove from Staunchfield to St. Croix Falls, and entered the Eagle Valley Bank wearing heavy makeup, dark glasses, a hat, and a brightly colored construction vest.  She handed a note to the teller that said, "This is a robbery. I have a gun. Put large untraceable bills on counter, do it NOW or die."

Anderson left the bank and drove away, but was promptly stopped by police.  Anderson was not armed, but was found with the stolen money and the robbery note.

The charge against Anderson was the result of an investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Department, St. Croix Falls Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin F. Burke.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police say when they stopped the suspect in a Polk County bank robbery, she had cash sticking out of her pockets.

Tanya Anderson of Minnesota was charged Monday with Friday's robbery of the Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls.

A teller says Anderson gave her a note indicating she had a gun and wanted large bills.

The note also said "do it now or die." That note was found in Anderson's car, along with nearly $5,000 in cash. The deputy who pulled Anderson over minutes after the robbery says she yelled "how did you know," and then said "all the money is under the seat." She also allegedly told investigators she really needed the money for her family.

Police say they have several leads in their investigation into Friday's bank robbery in Prescott. In that case a masked man wearing camouflage robbed the M&I Bank and fled on a bicycle.

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St. Croix Falls (Press Release) - On Friday, September 7, 2012 at approximately 11:25 a.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting the robbery of the Eagle Valley Bank, at 102 N. Washington Street in the City of St. Croix Falls.

The bank employees reported that shortly after 11:16 a.m. a female wearing a yellow safety vest, a baseball cap and sunglasses, entered the bank and showed a note to the teller advising of a robbery and ordering the teller to give her money. There was a threat of a weapon, but no weapon was seen by the teller.

The teller complied with the woman's demands and the woman then immediately left the bank. The woman left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Bank employees called 911and were able to provide a description of the woman as well as a description of the car that she left in, driving south on Washington Street.

A St. Croix Falls Police Department sergeant, who had been advised of the robber, saw the vehicle turn onto U.S. Highway 8. He initiated a traffic stop and was able to take the woman into custody without further incident.

The woman is identified as Tanya Kay Anderson, 39, of Stanchfield, Minn. At this early stage, Anderson is being booked into the jail for armed robbery and a Polk County warrant for issuance of worthless checks. The warrant was issued in 2008.

The stolen money as well as other physical evidence was recovered from the vehicle.

The joint investigation of the bank robbery continues by the St. Croix Falls Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the FBI. If you have any information about the robbery, call the St. Croix Falls Police Department at 715-483-9282 or the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 715-485-8300.

The same bank was robbed March 2, 2012. No one has been arrested in that robbery.

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