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Three arrested in Mexico for Columbia bank robbery

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 | 5:54 p.m. CDT; updated 8:06 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — Three mid-Missourians were indicted Tuesday on charges of bank robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery in connection with the July 8 robbery of Merchants & Farmers Bank in Columbia and another bank robbery three days later in Texas.

Jeffrey Brent Heckman, 25, Jacob Thomas Norris, 23, and Alexia Quentasha Baker, 23, were arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Sept. 5, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

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The three were deported to the United States the next day, according to the release.

A federal grand jury in Waco, Texas, indicted Heckman, Norris and Baker on one count each of bank robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Norris was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact, and Baker was charged with one count of accessory after the fact. The indictment alleges the three conspired to commit the robbery in Columbia and the holdup of Texell Credit Union in Temple, Texas.

The three were being held in Houston.

As previously reported by the Missourian, Heckman, Norris and Baker are from the Macon and Shelbyville area.

They were identified as suspects soon after the July robbery at Merchants & Farmers Bank at 4000 Range Line St. In that incident, a man gave a bank teller a note demanding money and said he was armed. A weapon was never shown.

The amount of money stolen was not disclosed.


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