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Man charged in Brookside bank robbery

Updated: 2014-01-02T23:21:33Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City man has been charged with the Monday robbery of a bank in Brookside.

Federal prosecutors say Casey M. Widman, 58, showed a handgun and stole $838 from a teller at the Bank Midwest at 6249 Brookside Blvd.

The teller said the robber showed her a black pistol and said he wanted to make a withdrawal in “all fifties and hundreds,” according to the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

After the robber left, a witness told police he had seen a blue Ford Taurus parked nearby. An officer spotted a car matching that description pull into a gas station at 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue. Widman, who matched the description of the robber, was a passenger in the back seat.

In the car, officers found a black pellet pistol and a jacket matching the description of the one worn by the robber. They also found $389 in one of Widman’s boots, according to the allegations.

The other two occupants of the car, who have not been charged, had $517 between them, according to the affidavit.

Widman previously served more than six years in federal prison for bank robbery, prosecutors noted in court documents.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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