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2 men formally charged in Medina bank robbery

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Tips from the public are being credited with leading law enforcement to two men suspected of robbing a Medina bank Friday.

Rendell Hardy, 40, Dickinson, and Satrone R. Boyd, 34, of Lincoln, appeared before Judge Thomas Merrick on Monday in Southeast District Court. The men are both charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Both charges are Class B felonies with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hardy's bail was set at $400,000 cash, while Boyd's bail was set at $200,000 cash, according to Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser.

The two men are alleged to have robbed the Northland Financial Bank about 10:30 a.m. Friday in Medina. The suspects fled the bank's parking lot in a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer, which was found abandoned south of Medina on N.D. Highway 30 later Friday morning.

Kaiser said the Trailblazer was reported stolen out of Bismarck.

Kaiser said a witness reported seeing a light-colored Lincoln SUV parked on the side of N.D. 30 as he was going into Medina before the bank robbery. The witness reported seeing the abandoned Chevrolet Trailblazer in or near the same spot when he was returning home on N.D. 30.

The big break in the case came Friday afternoon, according to Kaiser, when a witness saw a light-colored Lincoln SUV being fueled at a truck stop on the east side of Jamestown. The witness wrote down the North Dakota license plate number and called the sheriff's office.

From the license plate law enforcement were able to locate Hardy at his residence in Dickinson on Friday evening. Kaiser said the two men had split up and Boyd was arrested at a hotel in Fargo on Saturday morning.

Kaiser credited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies and reports received from Stutsman County residents.

"Instead of just shrugging it off, people took the time to notice things and then called us," he said. "The witness who wrote down the license plate number of the SUV, if that doesn't happen, who knows if we catch these guys?"

Carrington robbery

Meanwhile, there is no new information about the robbery of the Gate City Bank in Carrington at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A suspect was arrested Thursday evening on U.S. Highway 52 southeast of Martin, but law enforcement officials have not released the suspect's name.

Foster County State's Attorney Paul Murphy said in an email Monday afternoon that he has not received any investigative reports about the Carrington robbery from any law enforcement agency.