Mid-Missouri man arrested on suspicion of robbery might be linked to earlier robberies

Sunday, May 2, 2010 | 4:17 p.m. CDT; updated 9:59 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

COLUMBIA — Authorities say a man arrested on suspicion of robbing the First Community National Bank in Cuba, Mo. might have been behind five other Missouri bank robberies, according to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

John David Farnell, 58, of Fulton was arrested on April 29 after a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper saw a Dodge Grand Caravan that matched the description of the suspected getaway car of a bank robbery that occurred that morning. The trooper pulled the car over and found money believed to have been stolen from First Community National Bank and a loaded handgun inside the car, according to the release.

Farnell and the minivan he was driving matched the description of five previous Missouri bank robberies in:

  • Moberly
  • Sedalia
  • Rolla
  • Chillicothe
  • El Dorado Springs

Farnell’s arrest is only for the alleged robbery of First Community National Bank in Cuba.


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