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Be on the lookout for bank robber

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Area police are seeking information about the subject, shown at right, who is believed to have robbed a Springfield bank in March and a Joplin bank on Sept. 16.
Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder has asked area businesses and residents to be on the lookout for a bank robbery suspect who has struck in both Joplin and Springfield. An alert for the subject has been issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center.

"There's a definite possibility he could come here," Schweder said.

The subject is described as a white male, approximately 5'9" and medium build. He is believed to have been wearing a disguise but appeared on surveillance cameras to have a beard.

In the robbery at Great Southern Bank in Joplin on Sept. 16, the subject was wearing a blue New York Mets cap, a long sleeve solid blue shirt with a sleeveless plaid shirt and blue jeans.

Joplin Police indicated the subject appears to be the same person who robbed a Springfield bank in March. In photographs in both locations, the subject appears to have two black eyes, possibly reflecting injuries or a medical condition. Coloring of the subject's hands may also reflect a skin condition.

Schweder said bank robbery sprees have occurred in the area before. Anyone with information on the subject is encouraged to offer anonymous information by calling the Crime Stoppers tip line at 354-8477.

Great Southern Bank is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Joplin robbery.



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