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Press Release

Wisconsin Man Charged with Polo Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Wisconsin man was charged in federal court today with robbing a Polo, Mo., bank.


Oran Woodfin, 30, of Wisconsin, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. Woodfin remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.


Today’s federal criminal complaint alleges that Woodfin stole $7,867 from Bank Northwest, 305 Main St., Polo, on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.


According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Woodfin entered the bank, approached a bank teller and ordered her, “Give me your money.” He allegedly kept his left hand inside his jacket as though he had a weapon. The teller pleaded with him, “Don’t shoot me,” and placed the cash from her teller drawer on the counter. Woodfin allegedly picked up the money and walked out of the bank.


Bank surveillance photos indicated the robber was driving a red Dodge extended cab pickup truck with a black canvas tonto cover in the bed of the truck. A witness to the robbery observed the truck had a broken driver’s side taillight cover although the bulb was still functioning. Photographs of the robber and the pickup truck were disseminated to the media.


On the same day, the affidavit says, Woodfin checked into the Super 8 Motel in Richmond, Mo. Employees at the motel saw the surveillance photos on a television newscast, thought that Woodfin and his vehicle matched the descriptions from the bank robbery and the photos, and notified the police department.


Richmond police officers arrested Woodfin without incident outside his motel room. Officers executed a search warrant at the motel room and seized $7,145, a new computer, clothes and a container of alcohol. The pickup truck had been reported as stolen out of Clark County, Wisconsin. Woodfin had a warrant for his arrest out of Wisconsin for a probation and parole violation.


Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brent Venneman and D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Caldwell County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Polo, Mo., Police Department, the Richmond, Mo., Police Department, the Ray County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI.

Updated January 16, 2015