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The man accused of robbing Bremer Bank in Bismarck last month has been charged in federal court. 

Rondal Heitsch, 51, of Bismarck, was indicted on Oct. 5 on one count of bank robbery in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. The indictment alleges Heitsch used "force, violence and intimidation" to take money from Bremer Bank at 710 S. Washington St. 

Heitsch was originally charged in Burleigh County with theft of property, but those charges were dropped due to the federal indictment, according to court records. 

An affidavit filed in the Burleigh County case alleges that Heitsch handed a note to a bank staffer, who passed him $6,045 cash on Sept. 21. Bismarck Police officers found Heitsch later that day near the Missouri River by the Expressway Bridge with $6,044 on him. 

Heitsch admitted to robbing the bank, but said he had not intended to hurt anyone and had recently watched a bank robbery movie, according to the affidavit. The staff member told police she was not threatened.

The man has prior convictions for burglary, forgery and theft of property in state court.

An attorney for Heitsch did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

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Reach Caroline Grueskin at 701-250-8225 or at caroline.grueskin@bismarcktribune.com

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