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A 31-year-old Fergus Falls man was recently indicted in federal court with stealing money from automated teller machines (ATMs) in numerous locations in west central Minnesota, including Alexandria, and in Wahpeton, North Dakota, over a period of seven years.

Christopher James Diestler was charged on July 16 with one count of bank larceny. Diestler was arrested on July 17 and made his initial appearance Thursday in federal court.

The indictment alleges that between March 2005 and March 15, 2012, Diestler stole approximately $182,350 from Bremer Bank ATMs in Alexandria, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, and Morris in Minnesota, and in Wahpeton, North Dakota, along with a Wells Fargo ATM in Alexandria and a U.S. Bank ATM in Fergus Falls.

The thefts were committed while Diestler was carrying out his duties as an armored truck driver, according to investigators.

If convicted, Diestler faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Any sentence will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, the Fergus Falls Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lola Velazquez-Aguilu.