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Police arrested Kimberly Campbell, 54, following a Spearfish bank robbery on June 1. Shown is an image of the alleged robber taken by a bank security camera.

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Charges against a 54-year-old woman accused of robbing a Spearfish bank in June have been dismissed because she died.

Kimberly Campbell was charged in federal court with bank robbery and bank larceny for allegedly taking around $2,400 from Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s lone Spearfish branch. The charges carry a combined maximum prison sentence of 30 years.

Campbell was arrested on Interstate 90, east of Exit 17, while driving a car that matched the bank manager’s description of the robber’s getaway vehicle, according to an FBI affidavit. A plastic bag containing $2,397 was found in the car's front passenger seat, the statement reads.

The bank’s security cameras earlier recorded a woman with gray hair, dressed in blue and wearing glasses, demand money from a teller, investigators said. The woman did not appear to have a gun or any weapon. Local police disseminated a screen grab of the woman's image along with their news release of the incident.

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Campbell, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Aug. 8 following a stroke caused by a blocked artery, according to her death certificate. It says she was born in New York and served in the U.S. military. She was cremated in Sturgis, and no autopsy was done.

Campbell had lived in Spearfish for a year and a half and talked about having a daughter and granddaughter, the FBI affidavit states. No other information on her next of kin was available.

The federal court dismissed Campbell’s charges at her lawyer’s request, which cited her death. A few days before she died, Campbell had asked the court for additional time to work out her case.

Contact Tiffany Tan at tiffany.tan@rapidcityjournal.com.

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