MADISON, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tanya Kay Anderson, 39, of Staunchfield, Minn., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 46 months in federal prison for bank robbery. Anderson pleaded guilty to this charge on February 5, 2013.
On September 7, 2012, Tanya Kay Anderson robbed the Eagle Valley Bank in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Anderson drove from Staunchfield to St. Croix Falls, and entered the Eagle Valley Bank wearing heavy makeup, dark glasses, a hat, and a brightly colored construction vest. She handed a note to the teller that said, "This is a robbery. I have a gun. Put large untraceable bills on counter, do it NOW or die."
Anderson left the bank and drove away, but was promptly stopped by police. Anderson was not armed, but was found with the stolen money and the robbery note.
The charge against Anderson was the result of an investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, St. Croix Falls Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin F. Burke.