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Joplin and Kansas bank robberies possibly linked

JOPLIN, Mo / LOUISBURG, Kan. – Authorities say a Joplin bank robbery may be linked to a bank robbery in Kansas.

According to Joplin Police Department PIO William Davis, they received information about the Louisburg, Kansas bank robbery that happened Monday morning. The Joplin Police Department is working with other agencies to determine if these bank robberies are connected. They have no other information to provide at this time.

The Miami County (KS) Sheriff’s Office and FBI are investigating, too.

One difference between the Joplin and Louisburg bank robberies – in Louisburg, authorities say he didn’t brandish a weapon.

Both agencies released surveillance images of the suspect.

LOUISBURG ROBBERY

The bank robbery in Louisberg, Kansas happened Monday morning, July 19, around 10:00 a.m. The FBI says a suspect with a KC hat and white 4-door car robbed the Landmark National Bank. Authorities say the suspect demanded cash and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Kansas authorities say the suspect left in a white sedan. They describe the suspect as a white man who is between 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and 5 feet 8 inches tall. They say he’s heavyset with salt and pepper hair. The suspect was wearing a ball cap, white tennis shoes, and a black face mask.

JOPLIN ROBBERY

In Joplin, the robbery at Great Southern Bank happened the same day, but shortly before 1:00 p.m. During this robbery, the Joplin Police Department says the suspect displayed a weapon then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. There are no injuries.

Joplin authorities describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 5’ 5”, wearing a black facemask, blue and white KC hat, dark-colored shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect fled the scene in a white 4 door passenger car.

The Great Southern Bank is offering a reward of $3,500 for information relating to the identity, arrest, and conviction of the suspect in this case.

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