By Amelia Santaniello, WCCO-TV

ELYSIAN, Minn. (WCCO) — Luke Weimert thought he was just giving a 70-year old woman a helpful lift to the bank. Imagine his surprise when police pulled over his car, ordered him and Sandra Bathke to the ground and said he was driving the getaway car in a bank robbery.

“I guess when I looked out [at the police] and saw the guns drawn [is] when I knew something serious was wrong, but I had no idea,” said Weimert of Janesville, Minn., east of Mankato.

Weimert looks like a nice young man, and the woman on the surveillance tape from the Elysian Bank looks like a nice, elderly woman. But while Weimert was waiting in his car, Bathke was actually robbing the bank, saying she had a gun.

“She owed my mom some rent and we’ve been trying to get it from her forever and help her out and make any accommodations, and she never, ever once said that she didn’t have the money,” said Weimert.

When Bathke came out of the bank Weimert started driving her home, he still had no idea what was happening until the cops pulled him over. They still have his car and belongings.

While he waits to get them back, he is helping shovel snow at his mother’s house. It gives him time to think about what he has learned from this adventure.

“You can’t trust anybody, you just can’t,” he explained.

He said he wanted to talk to the media and clear his name so potential employers don’t think he is a bank robber.

“There I am, front page in handcuffs. Everybody knows it’s my face. It was hard and not having a phone, not having any kind of contacts, friends in the cities, friends down here, I just hope they know that I would never do anything like that,” he said.

WCCO-TV’s Amelia Santaniello Reports

Amelia Santaniello

Comments (7)
  1. paab says:

    she has been visiting the casino and he has learned that no good deed goes unpunished.

  2. Pate says:

    Age doesn’t equal common sense for everyone. Shame on this woman for what she did,and my best wishes for Luke Weimert in keeping his name and reputation intact.

  3. tammy says:

    this woman is Trouble with a capital T she took my father for alot of money when he was alive and had 2 bad checks and a record even back in 1989 she is a compulsive munipulator she comes off as a sweet old woman but will rob you blind she needs to be locked up and the key thrown away the judge shopuld call in character witness when she is sentenced and I guarantee she will rot in prison for all the people she has burned in her lifetime

  4. Roxanne says:

    Luke Wiemert hang in there. You did do a good deed.You helped to catch an individual that has lived her life using people to her advantage. Hopefully,she will be exposed for who she really is.She’s not your average little old lady to feel sorry for.You were just one of many people on a list that was used and lied to by her.Lets hope justice is finally served…..

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  6. Artist36 says:

    A classic user/manipulator. Unfortunately there are many many of these ladies around. We just dont hear about them til they get a little to brazen for thier own greed. I was engaged to a real sweetheart not that long ago. Due to medical reasons she convinced me I needed to give her “Power of Attorney”. Trusting her completely I saw no reason why not to. Then one day I awoke to nearly an empty home and foreclosure papers on the door. Turns out she had refinanced MY home 4 times over the course of 12 months! I know its just a matter of time til I read about her in the headlines!