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Robbery suspects in court

The two suspects arrested over the weekend for robbing the Northland Financial Bank in Medina Friday made their first appearance Monday in Southeast District Court. Rendell Hardy, 40, Dickinson, N.D., and Satrone R. Boyd, 34, Lincoln, N.D., appeared before Judge Thomas Merrick Monday afternoon for a bond hearing. The men are both charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Both charges are Class B felonies with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hardy’s bail was set at $400,000 cash by Merrick, while Boyd’s bail was set at $200,000 cash, according to Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser.

Both remained in custody Monday evening.

The two men are alleged to have robbed the Northland Financial Bank around 10:30 a.m. Friday in Medina. The suspects fled the bank’s parking lot in a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer, which was found abandoned south of Medina on N.D. Highway 30 later Friday morning.

Kaiser said the Trailblazer was reported stolen out of Bismarck.

Many helped in suspects’ capture

Kaiser said a witness reported seeing a light-colored Lincoln SUV parked on the side of N.D. 30 as he was going into Medina before the bank robbery. The witness reported seeing the abandoned Chevrolet Trailblazer in or near the same spot when he was returning home on N.D. 30.

 The big break in the case came Friday afternoon, according to Kaiser, when a Lincoln SUV was noticed at the S & R Truck Stop by a person at the Star Lite Motel across the street, and the SUV’s license plate number was discovered by law enforcement officers reviewing a security video from the truck stop.From the license plate law enforcement was able to locate Hardy at his residence in Dickinson Friday evening. Kaiser said the two men split up and Boyd was arrested at a hotel in Fargo Saturday morning.

Kaiser said the successful capture of the two suspects was due to the work of a lot of people. He credited the police departments from Dickinson, Jamestown, Fargo, West Fargo and Lincoln, sheriff’s offices from Burleigh and Stark counties, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the State and Local Intelligence Center with swift action in helping to capture the suspect.

But, Kaiser said just as important were the reports received from Stutsman County residents. He said the sheriff’s office received many calls from people who reported seeing stuff out of the ordinary.

“Instead of just shrugging it off, people took the time to notice things and then called us,” he said. “The witness who wrote down the license plate number of the SUV, if that doesn’t happen, who knows if we catch these guys.”

Carrington robbery

Meanwhile, there is no new information about the robbery of the Gate City Bank in Carrington at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A suspect was arrested Thursday evening on U.S. Highway 52 southeast of Martin, N.D., but law enforcement officials have not released the suspect’s name.

Foster County State’s Attorney Paul Murphy said in an email Monday afternoon that he has not received any investigative reports about the Carrington robbery from any law enforcement agency. He said he received a call from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Murphy said he believes any case filed against the alleged suspect will be filed in U.S. District Court.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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