HAMBURG, IA  – Law enforcement agencies are investigating a bank robbery Friday morning at Interstate Bank on Main Street in Hamburg, Iowa.

Deputy Andrew Wake said there were no injuries and the Federal Bureau of Investigations is assisting the sheriff’s office in the investigation.

Wake: “We did call for a lockdown of the Hamburg school just because of the proximity, not that we thought there was any active threat.”

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says a white man entered the bank, demanded money and left the scene on a white or silver Harley Davidson motorcycle with black saddle bags.

He was described as wearing a black ski mask and baseball cap.

The motorcycle was last seen on Highway 275 heading south toward Missouri.


Although the bank was closed, it was business as usual for the rest of downtown Hamburg for most of the morning.

Deputy Wake gave no further information regarding a suspect in the Friday robbery. Hamburg's direct access to Interstate 29 is closed for road construction, making Highway 275 the primary route out of town. The highway goes a few miles south to Missouri and north to Highway 2 near Nebraska City.

The location was also robbed in June of 2012 when it was the Great Western Bank. A suspect was arrested later that day 150 miles away in Missouri.


Here is an FBI press release regarding the 2012 robbery.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA—On January 28, 2014, Nathan Wayne Smith, a 48-year-old resident of Lexington, Missouri, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge James Gritzner to 77 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

On October 18, 2013, after a three day trial, the jury found Smith guilty of robbing the Great Western Bank of Hamburg, Iowa. The evidence produced at trial showed that on June 11, 2012, Smith traveled from his home in Lexington, Missouri to Hamburg, Iowa, arriving at the Great Western Bank around 9:30 a.m. Smith approached a teller in the bank, placed a plastic bag on the counter in front of her, and told her to fill the bag with money. After obtaining the money from the teller, Smith ran from the bank.

Smith was identified as the party responsible when Buckner, Missouri police officers recalled stopping a vehicle on the afternoon of June 11, 2012, that matched the description of the vehicle disseminated after-the-fact by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Buckner, Missouri, is located approximately 150 miles away from Hamburg, Iowa.

The investigation was conducted by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office; the Buckner Missouri Police Department; the Lexington, Missouri Police Department; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.