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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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MARCH 8, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TWO SPRINGFIELD RESIDENTS, WEBB CITY MAN

INDICTED FOR BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two Springfield, Mo., residents and a Webb City, Mo., man have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in separate and unrelated cases, for bank robbery.


             * Claire Louise Estabrook, 43, of Springfield, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday, March 7, 2007.


             The federal indictment alleges that Estabrook robbed Great Southern Bank, 3961 S. Campbell Ave., in Springfield, on March 5, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.


             * Jody Lee Keller, 48, of Springfield, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Today’s indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Keller on Feb. 26, 2007.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Keller robbed Guaranty Bank, 1905 W. Kearney St., in Springfield, on Sept. 1, 2006. The indictment alleges that Keller used a dangerous weapon – an object that appeared to be a handgun and an explosive device – to assault bank employees.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Keller robbed Liberty Bank, 2809 E. Sunshine St., in Springfield, on Dec. 14, 2006. The indictment alleges that Keller used a dangerous weapon – an object that appeared to be a handgun – to assault bank employees.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Keller entered Guaranty Bank at about 9:55 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2006, wearing a black stocking cap, black sunglasses, dark-colored bandana, and a long-sleeve shirt with both sleeves partly rolled up to expose a tattoo on his right forearm. Keller allegedly displayed a hand-held device, approximately six to eight inches long, with black electrical tape wrapped around it and a watch affixed to it resembling a timer on a bomb. Keller demanded that tellers put money inside a bag, the affidavit says, demanding $100 bills and urging the tellers to hurry, then fled the bank in a Chevrolet pick-up truck.


             The affidavit also alleges that Keller entered Liberty Bank the morning of Dec. 14, 2006, and approached a teller, pointing what appeared to be a large black semi-automatic pistol at her. During the robbery, the affidavit says, Keller also pointed the gun at two other employees and a customer who were in the lobby as well. Keller allegedly stuffed the bag of money down the front of his pants and fled the bank on foot.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas C. Bunch. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.


             * Jason A. King, 36, of Webb City, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

 

             The federal indictment alleges that King robbed Arvest Bank, 2023 E. 32nd St., in Joplin, Mo., on Oct. 31, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard E. Monroe. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Joplin, Mo., Police Department.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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