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WENTZVILLE • A suspected robber was anything but stealthy Wednesday when he was caught sitting on the curb of the Wentzville police station with $100 bills in his pocket after a credit union robbery across the street, police say.

Karsten Hardeman

Karsten Hardeman, of Ohio, was charged with robbing a credit union across the street from the Wentzville police station less than an hour after his release from jail there.

Police say Karsten Hardeman, 20, of Dayton, Ohio, was spotted just before 5 p.m., shortly after 1st Financial Federal Credit Union at 1232 Wentzville Parkway reported a man had taken cash and ran , according to Wentzville police.

The credit union can be seen from the police station.

An officer in the station decided to respond to the robbery on foot Wednesday, but when he opened the station door he immediately spotted a man matching the description of the robber, police said.

The officer approached and ordered Hardeman, 20, to show his hands, causing several $100 bills to fall out of a sweatshirt pocket, according to police.

“I have no idea what he was thinking or why he decided that would be a good place to go,” Officer Jacob Schmidt said.

Hardeman had been released from the jail inside the police station just 50 minutes before the robbery. He had been taken into custody at a towing company and charged with a misdemeanor drug offense.

Wentzville police said they learned Hardeman was also a suspect in bank robberies in Kansas and Texas, though he has not been charged in those cases. Police searching Hardeman and his car found a large amount of cash, two masks, a computer and a cellphone.

Hardeman was charged Thursday with first-degree robbery and stealing from a financial institution.

He is being held at the St. Charles County jail. His bail was set at $100,000, cash only.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The article has been updated to correct the amount the man allegedly stole from the credit union; the previously reported amount was incorrect.

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