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Pocatello man pleads guilty in bank robberies

A Pocatello man pleaded guilty to two bank robberies Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Jordan was indicted after bank robberies in Chubbuck on July 26, Ogden, Utah, on Aug. 7.

According to a plea agreement, Jordan entered the ISU Credit Union in Chubbuck and asked an employee how much money it took to open an account. Jordan then left the bank and returned moments later and said he wanted to open an account. He sat at the manager’s desk and then said he had forgotten to bring the money. He left the bank again.

Jordan returned a few minutes later, walked behind the counter where employees work, lifted his shirt and showed a handgun tucked into his waistband, according to the plea agreement. Jordan allegedly demanded the money from the drawers, which the tellers gave him. He then removed his gun from his waistband, took the tellers to a back room and tied their hands with zip ties, authorities said.

In the Ogden incident, Jordan approached one of the teller windows and placed a device the size of a cell phone apparently wrapped in duct tape on the counter.

“This is a bomb. Give me all your money,” Jordan is quoted as saying in the plea agreement. “If I press a button on my cell phone, it will go off.”

The tellers gave him the money from the drawers.

Jordan is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 11. The bank robbery charges are each punishable by up to 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100 and three years of supervised release. As part of the plea deal, Jordan agreed the court could use additional bank robberies in Coeur d’Alene and in West Jordan, Utah, in imposing the sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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