Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Third suspect arrested after bank robbery

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 3/21/2014

Three suspects now are in custody in connection with a Wednesday morning bank robbery in Pomona.

Caleb J. Jeffcoat, 26, Quenemo, was arrested Friday morning for aggravated robbery and Christel L. Collins, 27, Quenemo, was arrested for conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives received information early Friday that led to the execution of a search warrant, which culminated in the arrests of Jeffcoat and Collins, the sheriff’s office said.

After further investigation, Robert Lee Martin, 39, Quenemo, was arrested late Friday afternoon in connection with the robbery on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

Officers and detectives with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa Police Department, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit assisted with the investigation and apprehension of the suspects, the sheriff’s office said.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday that Goppert State Service Bank, 118 E. Franklin St., Pomona, had been robbed by an armed man. The suspect was described as about 6-foot tall, wearing a black jacket, black pants, a ski mask and a ball cap.

Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol blocked off Monroe Street to Second Street in Pomona, as well as Madison Street to Second Street, surrounding the bank, because the man was seen running east from behind the business, Rick Geist, Franklin County undersheriff, said Wednesday. The Kansas Highway Patrol also conducted an aerial search using a small plane.

“[The robber] came in and demanded money. He was given an undetermined amount, and he exited the bank,” Geist said.

Jeffcoat, Collins and Martin were being held Friday at the Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. No bond had been set for any of the three suspects.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 229-1200 or the Franklin County Crime Stoppers are (888) 311-TIPS.

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