An Illinois man has been sentenced for his involvement with three bank robberies in southeast Iowa. U.S. District Judge John Jarvey sentenced 27 year-old Morris Thompson of Gays, Illinois to 92 months in prison Friday in U.S. District Court in Davenport.
On April 9, 2010, Thompson and an accomplice, Nicholas Zasareti (Zah-zuh-retti) robbed the Community First Credit Union in Ottumwa before robbing the Wayland State Bank in Mt. Pleasant just hours later. The pair robbed the Mt. Pleasant bank again five months later. Police observed that day a suspicious van heading east from Mt. Pleasant and recorded the license number.
Detectives learned the robbers had borrowed the van, and then linked evidence from the crime scene to Thompson and Zasareti. The pair was arrested in central Illinois after a high speed vehicle chase and pursuit by police on foot.
The case was investigated by the Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant Police Departments, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.