Casper bank robbery suspect convicted in 2003

By: AP
By: AP

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say that a man accused of robbing a Casper bank last week is a homeless heroin user convicted of robbing a bank in Utah in 2003.

The details were included in a report read in federal court Tuesday during a detention hearing for James Pearson Thain.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Chief Magistrate Kelly Rankin said the 37-year-old is a danger to the community and shouldn't be released while the latest bank robbery case is pending against him.

His alleged accomplice, 33-year-old Mindy Nichole Lawrence, also appeared separately before Rankin. A hearing about whether she'll be released was delayed until Thursday.

According to an FBI affidavit, Thain got about $3,000 from the Bank of the West on Jan. 29. He and Rankin were arrested after a chase.
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