An ex-con with one bank heist on his rap sheet has been charged with terrorizing employees while robbing a Bloomington bank of $44,000 at gunpoint in late December.
Tuesday’s federal court indictment accuses Jerome T. Scott, 41, of Minneapolis, of holding up a BMO Harris Bank branch near Hwy. 169 and Anderson Lakes Parkway on Dec. 30. He remains jailed without bond.
At one point, prosecutors allege, Scott ordered employees to the floor and vaulted the teller counter while barking out demands for money. To reinforce his message, Scott stopped just short of heading out the door, returned and threatened to shoot anyone who moved, the indictment continued.
According to prosecutors:
An Eden Prairie police officer, having heard the dispatch about the robbery, soon saw Scott driving on Hwy. 169 and stopped him.
All of the money was recovered from the SUV. Under questioning by authorities the next day, he admitted to the crime.
In December 2006, with black duct tape covering the lower half of his face, Scott held up an Anchor Bank on Vinewood Lane in Plymouth. Again, he was armed and threatened to shoot people. He fled with about $4,900.
He was caught not far away, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nearly six years in prison and three years of supervised release. He was still serving the supervised release at the time of the Bloomington robbery.