POPLAR BLUFF -- A Poplar Bluff man was charged Saturday with robbing a Southern Missouri Bank branch as part of a plan that included a diversionary tactic of calling in a bomb threat at the Mark Twain Kindergarten Center.
Creig Dee Roberts, 28, of the 100 block of Vine Street was charged Saturday with the Class A felony of first-degree robbery by Butler County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Paul Oesterreicher.
He is being held in the Butler County Justice Center on $250,000 bond. At about 1:35 p.m. Friday, Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley said, the Butler County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from an individual, "with a muffled voice," indicating there was a bomb at the Mark Twain Kindergarten Center, and "the bomb would go off in 30 minutes."
After being notified, Whiteley said, police officers responded, as did Butler County deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers.
Whiteley said Mark Twain's principal, Carl Rosenquist, and Clint Johnson, associate superintendent, started evacuation procedures. All the children, he said, were taken to the Kay Porter Theater.
At 2:09 p.m., Whiteley said, the police department received a "robbery in progress alarm" from the Southern Missouri Bank and Trust at the intersection of Highland Drive and North Westwood Boulevard.
"Officers responded, confirming there had been a bank robbery," Whiteley explained.
Bank employees, according to Whiteley, reported a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and in his early 30s, entered the bank wearing a camouflage hat, blue jeans, sunglasses, dark gloves and dark jacket.