Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quenemo man pleads guilty in bank robbery

By The Herald Staff | 7/14/2014

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — A Quenemo man pleaded guilty Monday to helping to rob a Pomona bank in March.

Robert Martin, 39, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted he took part in the March 19 robbery of Goppert State Service Bank, 118 E. Franklin St., Pomona.

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — A Quenemo man pleaded guilty Monday to helping to rob a Pomona bank in March.

Robert Martin, 39, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted he took part in the March 19 robbery of Goppert State Service Bank, 118 E. Franklin St., Pomona.

Martin said he drove to the bank with co-defendant Caleb Jeffcoat, 26, Quenemo, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. He then gave Jeffcoat a mask and BB gun that had been altered to make it look more like a real gun, Martin said, and Jeffcoat entered the bank and robbed a teller, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Investigators used video surveillance from a Dollar General store and a gas station in Pomona to identify the robber as Jeffcoat, prosecutors said Monday.

Martin’s sentencing is to be set at a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Jeffcoat also is awaiting sentencing in the case. A third co-defendant, Christel Collins, 37, Quenemo, is awaiting trial.

Collins and Jeffcoat were nabbed March 21 in connection with the robbery after detectives received information early March 21 that led to the execution of a search warrant, which culminated in the arrests. Martin was arrested later the same day on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, according to Herald archives.

Barry Grissom, U.S. district attorney for Kansas, commended the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Ottawa Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, the Franklin County Attorney’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask for their work on the case.

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