Alleged bank robber pleads not guilty

Published 11:44 am Friday, January 24, 2014

AUSTIN — The suspect who allegedly robbed an Austin bank to buy cigarettes pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County District Court.

Scott Allen Olson, 48, of Austin, pleaded not guilty to felony simple robbery.

According to the court complaint, Olson passed a note to a bank teller at Wells Fargo after 1 p.m. Jan. 11 and demanded money. However, Olson first asked to exchange a $1 bill for a $1 gold coin, but then said, “I have this.”

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Olson reportedly slid a note to the teller which read, “I just want a 100 bill.”

After Olson slid the note, according to the complaint, he said, “Don’t tell anybody. Give me five minutes. Just give me what’s on the note.”

According to the complaint, the teller thought Olson was simply joking; however, Olson then allegedly said, “No, no, no, no. Just give me the $100 bill. Just give me five minutes and do whatever you’ve got to do.”

Olson got the $100 and allegedly fled the area. Officers later arrested him behind a bank in the 200 block of West Oakland Avenue. Employees at Wells Fargo positively identified Olson as the reported robber. Officers later discovered Olson had bought cigarettes at the Freedom gas station on Oakland Avenue West. Officers searched Olson and found $89.34, including the gold coin, the complaint added.

The teller told police Olson did not have any weapons on him and did not make any threats. According to the complaint, Olson told officers he had been “framed.”