- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A California man accused of robbing two North Dakota banks in one day has pleaded not guilty.

Gary Wayne Thomas, of Murrieta, California, is charged in federal court with two counts of bank robbery. His attorney entered pleas on his behalf Monday in Bismarck.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Miller scheduled a three-day trial to begin Nov. 17.

The 59-year-old Thomas was working in the North Dakota oil patch. Authorities allege he robbed the BNC National Bank in Stanley the morning of Aug. 13, and the Dacotah Bank in Minot that afternoon. Court documents show that Thomas has a previous conviction for bank robbery in Arizona in 2007.

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