Bank Robbery In Missouri Linked To Robberies In Oklahoma

Monday, July 18th 2011, 6:03 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Federal investigators believe a serial bank robber in Oklahoma has now cross state lines and hit a bank in Joplin, Missouri.

On July 13, a white man, possibly in his mid 30's, 5'10" approximately 180 pounds, wearing a hat, long sleeve shirt and possibly wearing a fake beard entered the Hometown Bank in Joplin, Missouri.

Investigators say the suspect was in the bank prior to the robbery wearing a black cap, black shirt, brown shorts, black shoes and dark sunglasses. The suspect re-entered the bank 30 minutes later and demanded money from the tellers. The suspect used a black handgun during the robbery.

Nobody was injured. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a mid 2000 model gray 4 door Volkswagen with Oklahoma tags with an undisclosed amount of money.

At this point, investigators believe this robber is the same person that has robbed four Oklahoma banks. Those robberies occurred on May 24 at First National Bank of Coweta, May 26 and June 10 at Bank of Oklahoma, and June 29 at IBC Bank. In each of these robberies, the robber wore a similar disguise and drove away in a silver Volkswagon Jetta.

Law enforcement in Missouri believe they may have captured the robber prior to donning his disguise. Anyone with information regarding this robbery should contact the FBI at (405) 290-7770. You may remain anonymous.

The Oklahoma Banker's Association offers up to $2,000.00 for information leading to the identification, arrest and/or conviction of anyone robbing a member bank.

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