Officials Investigate Bank Robbery in Oxford Junction

By Lee Hermiston & Dave Franzman, Reporters

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OXFORD JUNCTION, Iowa - A bank robber held up the Citizens State Bank in Oxford Junction Tuesday morning.

According to a press release, Jones County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Citizens State Bank, 101 W. Broadway St., at 8:39 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a 911 call reporting a bank robbery. The suspect was described as a white man, 5’5”, wearing a camouflage hat and green sweatshirt. The man had dark hair and might have been wearing a fake mustache and beard, police said.

No weapon was displayed during the robbery.

The suspect fled the scene in a white Dodge Ram on Highway 136. Police said the older model truck has “Dodge Ram” lettering on the tailgate and a full sized American flag displayed in the back window. The truck has no plates.

The bank was robbed in February of this year, although according to residents, no arrest was made in that case.

Bob Coon, owner of a grocery store, said residents had told bank employees after the first robbery to call if anything happened again. The employees did call and Coon and several others immediately drove out of town looking for a vehicle matching the description. They did not find anything.

"Just kind of thouight, maybe we could help go out and find them. We got a description of the truck and just drove around the small town toe see if there was anything we could do," Coon said.

Residents looking at the security images released over the noon hour remarked they photos were much clearer than the ones released after the first robbery. Several noted that the bank had added an outdoor security camera since that first incident.

Another resident, Sue Benning, said many feel that one bank robbery in a town of 500 might be a coincidence. But two in the space of six months is a pattern.

"I saw all the yellow tape and I thought, 'oh no,' did they rob the bank again?" Benning said.

The getaway vehicle used in the first bank robbery in Oxford Junction was a different color than the one on Tuesday. Investigators have not said if there is any connection between the two cases.
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