Quenemo man enters guilty plea for Pomona bank robbery

KANSAS CITY – A Quenemo man pleaded guilty Monday to helping to rob a Franklin County bank, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Robert Martin, 39, Quenemo, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to one count of bank robbery.

In his plea, Martin admitted he took part in the March 19, 2014, robbery of Goppert State Service Bank at 118 E. Franklin St. in Pomona. He said he drove to the bank with co-defendant Caleb Jeffcoat. He gave Jeffcoat a mask and BB gun that had been altered to make it look more like a real gun. Jeffcoat entered the bank and robbed a teller.

Investigators used video surveillance from a Dollar General store and a gas station in Pomona to identify the robber.

Martin’s co-defendants in the case include Jeffcoat, 26, of Quenemo, who is awaiting sentencing; and Christel Collins, 37, Quenemo, who is awaiting trial.

Martin’s sentencing will be set for a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The three were arrested two days after the robbery and indicted by a federal grand jury on April 16.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Ottawa Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Franklin County Attorney’s Office and the FBI investigated the case.


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