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Felon arrested for Scranton bank robbery

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Zachary Wailes

A 26-year-old Fort Dodge man with an extensive criminal history who was recently released from jail was arrested today for robbing a bank in Scranton this week.

Zachary Michael Anderson Wailes faces felony robbery and theft charges, according to Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams. The robbery charge is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Wailes is accused of going into Peoples Bank, 1021 Main St., about 10:40 a.m. on Thursday with what appeared to be a handgun and taking an unspecified amount of money from tellers there. He was arrested about 10:30 a.m. today for the crime.

It's unclear how investigators connected Wailes to the robbery. Williams said on Thursday that he was seeking surveillance video recordings in the area to help identify the robber and his getaway vehicle, which was parked about a block from the bank.

Wailes has been convicted of many felony and misdemeanor charges in the past decade for burglary, theft, eluding and drugs, some of them in Carroll County. His most recent stint in prison was for a domestic abuse assault conviction in Guthrie County. 

Wailes was released from prison in November, according to state records, and has since been suspected of multiple crimes.

Wailes is accused of stealing a 2019 Dodge Charger in Stuart on Dec. 5 and later that day fleeing from a Lake City police officer at speeds greater than 120 mph, court records show.

A judge agreed on Jan. 12 to release Wailes from the Sac City jail, where he had been held for about a month for the felony eluding charge in Calhoun County, according to court records.

Wailes allegedly fled another traffic stop on Jan. 30 in Boone County. He again attempted to flee a traffic stop on Feb. 4 in Boone but was apprehended. A judge released him from jail the next day, court records show.

Investigators found dozens of syringes — some of which appeared to contain illicit drugs — in Wailes' vehicle, according to search warrant documents.

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