BOZEMAN - A man whose car had been repossessed and whose house was in foreclosure appeared in court on charges that he robbed an American Federal Savings Bank branch in Bozeman.
Judd J. Schwartz, who was arrested Saturday evening at his residence near Belgrade, appeared in court Monday on the robbery charge as well as possessing methamphetamine after officers reported finding a plastic bag with meth in his wallet. Court records said the Friday afternoon bank robbery netted $2,580.
Justice of the Peace Wanda Drusch set bail at $155,000.
A bank employee told police the robber, who was wearing a purple plastic costume mask over a yellow ski mask, fled on a lime green Kawasaki dirt bike. Several witnesses reported seeing a green motorcycle speed through town after the robbery.
Police interviewed one neighbor who saw Schwartz leave his house at 3 p.m. Friday on his Kawasaki dirt bike and another neighbor saw him return at about 4:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after the robbery, court records said.
One of the neighbors, who said Schwartz had been having financial problems, identified him from surveillance photos taken during the robbery.
Investigators learned that an employee of American Lenders Service contacted Gallatin County dispatchers on June 23 to report that he found a gun and syringes in a 2000 Subaru Legacy he repossessed from Schwartz.
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