A 17-year-old Utah youth was arrested Friday in connection with a South Heart bank robbery.
The teenager, from Provo, is accused of using a gun to rob the First National Bank in South Heart. His name was not released because he is a juvenile, and no charges were filed as of Friday night, officials said.The robber entered the bank at about 1:15 p.m., showed a handgun and left with an undetermined amount of money, said Stark County Sheriff Jim Rice.
At least two people were in the bank at the time, an employee and a customer, he said. No one was reported injured.
After the bank employee called authorities, Stark County officials and the North Dakota Highway Patrol began looking for a 1984 red Pontiac Fiero the robber escaped in.
Dunn County authorities spotted the car on a county road north of South Heart at about 2:30. They chased it for about five minutes at speeds of up to 75 mph, until the teenager pulled over and was arrested without further incident.
A check on the car later revealed it was stolen from a used car lot in Provo on Dec. 26.
The boy was being held in the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Friday night. No charges had been filed.
The Stark County sheriff's office is continuing an investigation, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Dakota Crime Bureau, Rice said.
The weather hampered the search for the car, the sheriff added.
"Had it been clear, we would have attempted to get an airplane up, but visibility was so bad we couldn't do that," he said. "The cold really made it hard to get anywhere fast."
South Heart is a town of about 300 people 10 miles west of Dickinson.