Bank robbery in Quapaw; no injuries - KOAM TV 7

Bank robbery in Quapaw

Updated May 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM CST by Liz Holliday:  The FBI and Quapaw Police are looking for a man who held up the Baxter State Bank this morning, forcing its employees into a vault.

A bank has stood on the corner of 4th and Main in Quapaw for more than 100 years.  It hadn't been robbed since the 1960's, until 9:25 Friday morning.

This morning the Quapaw branch of the Baxter State branch was robbed by a man with a gun, leaving its employees shaken, but unharmed.  Authorities say the robber wore a long grey wig and left the bank on foot with a plastic grocery sack filled with an undisclosed amount of money.

"Anytime something like this happens it's traumatic for the people involved, probably more than anybody can imagine," says Quapaw Police Chief Gary Graham.

Only two bank employees and no customers were inside at the time.

"Bank personnel are ok, no one in injured and we are thankful for that," says Richard James of Baxter State Bank.

Some FBI agents happened to be in Miami on another case, and now the FBI is taking the lead in the bank robbery investigation.

Jerry Wright was working next door when the incident occurred.  He says he was shocked when police were knocking on his place of business asking if they had seen a grey wig.

"All of our employees were in a state of shock, because again, we were just right next door, and didn't really hear anything, see anything, but just really shocked that it happened in our small community," says Wright.

According to the Quapaw police chief this type of thing usually just don't happen in this small, tight knit community.

"Nothing like this has taken place in the 13 years I've been in law enforcement around here," says Chief Graham.

The Baxter State Bank will not reveal just how much money the robber took.  The bank says their first priority was making sure everyone was ok.

The bank will reopen on Monday.


Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM CST:  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a robbery at the Bank of Quapaw a branch of the Baxter State branch at 338 Main Street in Quapaw, Oklahoma.

Quapaw Police were called to the bank at 9:25 a.m. this morning.  Police tell us two employees were inside at the time of the robbery, but there were no customers at the time.

One suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and left on foot.

No injuries have been reported.

Authorities tell us the bank will be closed for the rest of the day.

More details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Also, the Miami police chief confirms an alarm was triggered at a bank in Commerce, Oklahoma as well, however, that was a false alarm.


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