Juniata armed robbery suspect to return from Minnesota

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) A suspect in last month's armed robbery at a Juniata convenience store who was arrested last week in Minnesota will be returning to Nebraska to face charges.

Renee Weigel, 21, North Platte, was arrested January 11, 2019, in Plymouth, Minn. Plymouth is a suburb of the Twin Cities. She was being held at the Hennepin County, Minn. jail. At a hearing Tuesday in Minnesota, Weigel waived extradition to Nebraska, which means she will be returned to Adams County to face charges.

The Adams County Sheriff believes Weigel drove Clayton Robinson from North Platte to Juniata December 12 on the night of the armed robbery at the Casey's store in Juniata. She also drove him back to North Platte that night with her eight-month-old baby in the back seat of the car at the time.

Weigel is charged with felony aiding and abetting a robbery and felony child abuse.

The armed robbery was, in part, an inside job.

Court records indicate that a store employee texted Clayton Robinson the night of December 12 to let him know that no-one was in the store except two employees and to let him know where the store's security cameras were located. The store was subsequently robbed by a man wearing black and carrying a gun. The suspect made off with $1,000 cash and two cartons of cigarettes.

The store employee, Dusty Fitzke, 22, Juniata, is now charged with aiding and abetting a felony. His next court date is scheduled January 24.

Robinson, 19, North Platte, was arrested January 5 in North Platte and is charged with felony robbery, use of a firearm to commit a felony and felony child abuse. His case has been transferred to Adams County District Court for possible trial.