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Bank robber is indicted

Sunday, April 28, 2002

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Authorities believe they have captured the Charleston bank robber.

Richard Kozlow, 58, of Saginaw, Mich., was indicted Friday on charges of bank robbery.

According to a news release from United States Attorney Raymond W. Gruender, the indictment alleges Kozlow robbed the Mississippi County Savings and Loan of $4,545 on June 1, 2001.

The robbery took place at approximately 2:20 p.m. Officers arriving on the scene were advised a male had shown the tellers a handgun and demanded money.

Before leaving, the robber placed a package he claimed was a bomb on the counter that would detonate if anyone called the police during his escape.

A Jefferson City bomb squad was flown in and shortly after 8 p.m., detonated the bomb using sand bags to dampen the blast.

Gruender praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work on the case.

If found guilty of the charges, Kozlow faces a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.