By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: May 19, 2010 - 7:44 AM
A man who handed a teller a note that read, "Don't do anything stupid" is looking at prison time for robbing a bank in Chisago County and blaming the devil upon his arrest.
Rick S. Wallat, 58, of Cambridge, Minn., pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis to holding up the People's National Bank in North Branch on Oct. 5. In his plea agreement, Wallat admitted stealing $8,850 from the bank. According to a law enforcement affidavit:
After giving a teller the note, Wallat was given a bag of money. He drove away on southbound Interstate 35. Soon after, police saw the vehicle on County Road 9 and pulled him over. The money was found inside a black handbag.
Upon his arrest, according to the charges, Wallat said to no one in particular: "The devil made me do it, and you caught the bad guy."
Wallat faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Sentencing has yet to be scheduled.
Paul Walsh â€¢ 612-673-4482
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