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Search for bank robber continues

Sunday, July 30, 2006

SIKESTON -- With little news and few productive leads, officials still have no idea who is responsible for robbing a Sikeston bank early last week.

"We just don't have an exceptional amount of information right now that's too beneficial," said Capt. Mark Crocker of the Department of Public Safety. "We're still chasing a white male, which doesn't help us much."

The robbery occurred Monday afternoon at First Midwest Bank, 630 N. Main St. in Sikeston. The white male obtained an undisclosed amount of money using the threat of a bomb.

No real developments have been made in the robbery, despite DPS' efforts. "We've had several leads and things that we're following up on, but none have been productive," Crocker said. Based on images from the bank's surveillance cameras and information from witnesses, DPS has described the suspect as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10-inches tall and medium build. He was wearing a dark-

colored baseball cap with a logo on the front and a white, long-sleeved button-up shirt with a darker-colored shirt underneath and long dark pants. He had longer, brown hair and a goatee.

Conflicting descriptions of the suspect officials received from witnesses are the norm in this type of situation, Crocker said.

"That's kind of the nature when you've got so many people involved," he said. "A person will usually focus on one thing -- usually a hat or shirt -- and guess on whatever else."

Witnesses also often focus on any weapons a suspect may be carrying, he added.

Crocker once again praised the SEMO Bomb Team, which neutralized the package the robber indicated contained explosives and left behind.

"Being their first call out, I thought it went exceptionally well with them handling the explosive device in the bank," he said.

DPS is still working to find the robber, and urges anyone with information concerning the robbery to contact the department at 471-6200 or 471-1500. A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest, and all calls can be confidential.

Staff reporter Michelle Felter contributed to this report.