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Alleged bank robbers awaiting trial in federal court

What happened to Kimberly Blank and John Shepard, the duo who (allegedly) robbed banks in the area last year?

— M.E., Jacksonville

John Steven Shepard and Kimberley Ann Blank, both formerly of Trail, are awaiting trial in U.S. District Court in Eugene on federal bank-robbery charges related to a string of heists in February and March of 2017, including robberies in Ashland and Medford, court records show.

Shepard faces four counts of bank robbery, while Banks joined him as a defendant on one count of bank robbery stemming from the March 30 theft of $3,000 from the Umpqua Bank branch in the 500 block of Walker Avenue, court records show.

Shepard faces charges for a Feb. 7 robbery of a Banner Bank in Riddle, a Feb. 16 robbery of a Banner Bank branch in Cottage Grove and a March 20 robbery at Bank of the Cascades on the 3100 block of Crater Lake Highway in Medford, records show.

The indictment alleges Shepard’s biggest haul was the first one, when $11,950 was taken from the Riddle bank, while the smallest loss was $1,800 in the Medford robbery, records state. In all, the banks lost just shy of $19,000 in the robberies, court records show.

The indictment demands that the defendants forfeit any money or property derived from the crimes if they are convicted.

After several delays, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken is scheduled to hear the case April 24, records show. The pair previously had been set for a trial that would have started Tuesday, records show.

While the pair were ordered detained, no records of their jailing was found either in Jackson or Lane counties.

The couple, both 38 years old, were arrested on federal warrants in early April 2017 in Fortuna, California.

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