A woman accused of robbing a Spearfish bank this spring is set to plead guilty in federal court today. She reportedly hid some of the stolen cash in a public bathroom.
Kaycee Teppo, 23, of Belle Fourche is charged with robbing the Pioneer Bank & Trust on East Jackson Boulevard using “force and intimidation.” She agreed to plead guilty to the crime under a deal with prosecutors.
In a written statement that accompanied the deal, Teppo admitted taking about $1,500 from the bank around 10 a.m. May 18 after handing the teller a threatening note.
“Act Normal. I have a gun. Give me all your 50s and 100s. Quickly. No Signalling (sic) anyone. No one gets hurt. I’m Sorry,” the note was quoted as saying. Teppo then drove away in a red car.
The bank’s surveillance video captured images of Teppo at the bank, which the Spearfish Police Department shared with the public around 2 p.m. the same day. Shortly after, according to the statement, a woman called the police department, saying the pictures were of her but that she didn’t rob the bank.
Teppo went over to the police department, where she eventually admitted to the robbery, the statement reads. She provided investigators with details, including the following: After leaving the bank, she made a purchase at a nearby convenience store. She deposited $1,000 of the “stolen money” in her Belle Fourche bank account and hid the rest inside a public restroom at a park.
Police said no weapons were seen on Teppo during the robbery, though her statement mentioned her discarding a “black BB gun” after the incident.
Two weeks later, on June 1, authorities reported another bank robbery in Spearfish.
The alleged culprit, 54-year-old Kimberly Campbell, died in August following a stroke. The charges against her have since been dismissed.
Bank robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors said they will recommend that Teppo pay back the bank an amount that will be determined before her sentencing. She has been released from jail on bond.