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Wiegand's wife charged with aiding in 2003 armored-car robbery

Debra Wiegand

The wife of a 32-year-old man sentenced to 13 years in prison for a 2003 crime spree that ended in Hudson has been charged as an accomplice in the crimes.

Debra A. Wiegand, 29, was charged May 11 in St. Croix County Circuit Court with five felonies for her alleged involvement in the crimes committed in Wisconsin.

She faces two counts of being a party to armed robbery and one count each of being a party to receiving stolen property, arson of property other than a building and auto theft.

Her husband, Zachary Wiegand, was sentenced May 8 in Washington County, Minn., for a shooting and car-jacking that took place in Lake Elmo. He earlier had pleaded no contest to first-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the Lake Elmo car-jacking in which a woman was shot four times, including once in the face.

The following morning, Zachary Wiegand allegedly robbed an armored car at Citizens State Bank (then located on Crest View Drive) in Hudson.

Police say he then drove the minivan he had stolen the previous evening to a wooded area north of St. Patrick Cemetery and set fire to the vehicle.

Debra Wiegand is accused of picking up her husband, with their child in the car, while police were conducting a manhunt and the fire department was responding to the vehicle fire.

Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen has said that Debra Wiegand knew what was going on and was a willing participant in armored car robbery.

The criminal complaint alleges that she put some of the stolen $238,000 in a bank safe deposit box and deposited some of the money in the couple's bank accounts.

The Wiegands were living in Oakdale, Minn., when the crimes were committed in late May 2003.

Zachary Wiegand is a 1995 graduate of Hudson High School.

The case went unsolved for five years. Then the handgun Wiegand allegedly used in the crimes was found in a car that Minneapolis police stopped on May 5, 2008.

Wiegand was no longer in possession of the gun, but police were able to trace it back to him. Ballistics tests determined that the gun was the one used in the shooting of the then 42-year-old Lake Elmo woman.

Zachary Wiegand is still facing five felony charges in connection with the Hudson armored car robbery and burning of the stolen minivan.

Debra Wiegand surrendered to authorities on May 12. She is free on a $100,000 signature bond after making her initial court appearance.

Her preliminary hearing is set for June 29.