The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 11, 2013

Gunman with wig robs Quapaw bank; no injuries cited

The Joplin Globe

— QUAPAW, Okla. — A gunman sporting a wig of long, gray hair Friday morning robbed the Baxter State Bank in Quapaw, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI said in a news release that the robber entered the bank at 338 S. Main St. about 9:30 a.m. brandishing a semi-automatic pistol.

He ordered a bank employee to put money in a plastic grocery bag and then forced all employees on duty into the bank’s vault prior to his departure.

No shots were fired and no one was injured in the course of the robbery.

Bank employees described the gunman as 50 to 60 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, and having a slim build. He was wearing a ball cap, the wig, a light-colored shirt and blue jeans.

The FBI said it was not known how the robber made his getaway. No one reported seeing which way he fled or if he got into a vehicle.

Authorities said they are asking that anyone with information about the robbery call the FBI’s 24-hour tip line at 405-290-7770. Callers may remain anonymous. The Oklahoma Bankers’ Association is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.