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Charges filed in armored car robbery

Felony charges have been filed against a man in connection with the robbery of an armored car in Hudson nearly six years ago.

Zachary R. Wiegand, 32, Dresser, was charged with two counts of felony robbery and one felony count each of receiving stolen property, arson, and car theft in a criminal complaint filed March 5 in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

The criminal complaint alleged that on May 29, 2003, Wiegand held up two security guards at an American Security LLC armored car about 11:55 a.m. in front of Citizens State Bank, 2212 Crest View Drive, and got away with $235,000.

The complaint said Wiegand then set fire to a stolen minivan he used in the holdup. The fire took place at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Hudson. The van was reported stolen in Minnesota and involved in a carjacking and shooting the previous night.

Washington County deputies investigated the shooting and car- jacking in Lake Elmo, where a 42-year-old woman was wounded four times. Another woman's 1995 Dodge Caravan was hijacked after the shooting.

Wiegand was arrested when the pistol used in the woman's shooting was recovered in the arrest of a man in Minneapolis on May 5, 2008. The gun was traced back to Wiegand and a purchase he made at the Outpost in Hudson on May 13, 2003.

On Oct. 7, Wiegand was arrested on a Minnesota felony warrant. The complaint said he admitted to planning the robbery and theft of a vehicle to use in the crime. Allegedly his wife drove him back to Minnesota after the van was burned and she was an unwilling participant in depositing money in various banks.