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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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MARCH 15, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


IOWA MAN SENTENCED FOR TWO BANK ROBBERIES

IN NORTHWEST MO


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Iowa man was sentenced in federal court today for the armed robbery of banks in Tarkio and Craig, Mo.


            Robert Allen Stark, 41, of Shenandoah, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to three years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Stark to pay $2,447 in restitution.


            On Nov. 1, 2006, Stark pleaded guilty to stealing $2,447 from U.S. Bank, 109 S. Third St., Tarkio, on Aug. 21, 2006. Stark entered U.S. Bank at approximately 10:15 a.m. and placed a handwritten demand note on the counter. The teller provided all of the cash from her teller drawer, which Stark placed in his shirt before leaving the bank on foot.


            Stark also pleaded guilty to stealing $3,299 from Citizens Bank and Trust, 150 S. Main St., Craig, on Sept. 20, 2006. Stark entered Citizens Bank and Trust at approximately 10:45 a.m. and approached a teller window. He unfolded a small note, which read, “THIS IS A ROBBERY DO NOT ALARM ANYBODY QUICKLY EMPTY YOUR DRAWER AND I WILL NOT HURT YOU.” The teller handed Stark all the cash in her teller drawer and he left the bank. Stark was arrested during a traffic stop near Tarkio a few minutes later.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Atchison County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Holt County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Tarkio, Mo., Police Department.


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