Suspect In Custody Following Bank Robbery In Clarence, Missouri
At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013, members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Shelby County Sheriff's Department responded to the Community State Bank in Clarence, Missouri, in reference to a report of a bank robbery. Preliminary information indicated a white male subject wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt had entered the bank with a handgun, demanded money, and fled the area on foot with an undetermined amount of money. A short time later, a citizen observed a white male matching the description of the suspect enter a blue Pontiac, which was parked in a nearby parking lot, and drive away. The citizen was able to follow the vehicle out of Clarence and onto Shelby County roads just northeast of Clarence while advising responding law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers quickly located the blue Pontiac abandoned on a county road approximately 1 1/2 miles northeast of Clarence. Officers set up a search perimeter and utilized a Patrol aircraft. At approximately 2:50 p.m., a Patrol canine unit located the suspect and was able to take him into custody.
The suspect has been identified as Cody A. Barber, 26, of Moulton, Iowa. Barber was arrested for first degree robbery and is being held in the Shelby County Jail pending issuance of a warrant.
The investigation is ongoing and law enforcement officers are investigating the possibility of an accomplice.
Captain James Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, and Shelby County Sheriff Dennis Perrigo would like to express their appreciation to local citizens and bank officials who were able to provide information that ultimately lead to the capture of the suspect.
Agencies involved in the investigation include the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Macon County Sheriff's Department, Macon Police Department, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The charge for which Barber was arrested is mere accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.