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Police: Bank Heist Netted Hand Sanitizer

Iowan wanted cash, settled for liquid gold

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Sanitizer Heist

AUGUST 6--In what may be the least lucrative heist ever, a convicted felon broke into an Iowa bank early Tuesday and escaped with only hand sanitizer, according to a criminal complaint.

Mark Gray, 39, is locked up on a trio of felony charges after allegedly burglarizing three Sioux City businesses, including a Security National Bank branch.

Pictured at right, Gray is locked up in the Woodbury County jail on $6000 bond in connection with the string of predawn break-ins. Gray is currently on probation for a 2019 burglary conviction.

Investigators allege that Gray “used a tool to smash the glass door” of the bank around 12:15 AM. He then “entered into the lobby area and stole the hand sanitizer from the bank. He then fled.”

Gray is also charged with burglarizing a counseling agency and a restaurant. Post-arrest, he reportedly told Sioux City Police Department officers that he entered the businesses and “searched around for things of value, mainly money that he could steal.”

Gray is next scheduled to appear in District Court on August 14.

Court filings do not reveal the street value of the hand sanitizer allegedly stolen by Gray. (2 pages)