One in custody after Moberly bank robbery Friday afternoon

Friday, August 22, 2014 | 5:36 p.m. CDT; updated 7:15 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 22, 2014
Police surrounded a cornfield, west of the intersection of Route 63 and Route 22, where they believed multiple bank robbery suspects had fled to on Friday.

COLUMBIA — One man was in custody and authorities were seeking at least one other person Friday afternoon after a bank heist in Moberly.

The people being sought fled Bank Midwest in a car, said Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. They abandoned their car and ran into a cornfield at the intersection of Highway 22 and U.S. 63 at the border of Randolph and Boone counties.

The agencies were using dogs and two helicopters in the search, Reinsch said.

A little after 5 p.m., Highway Patrol Sgt. Brent Bernhardt said there was a possible sighting of someone down a gravel road near the cornfield. Law enforcement began to leave the cornfield.

 A 25-year-old male of Moberly was taken into custody at about 1 p.m., according to a Moberly Police Department news release.

Bernhardt said authorities had been seeking at least one other person in the cornfield. He said he had no information about whether the people being sought were armed.

Bernhardt said witnesses saw three people in the getaway vehicle leaving the bank.

There were no injuries in the robbery incident. The highway patrol, the FBI, the Moberly police and the sheriff's departments of Randolph and Boone counties were involved in the search.

Moberly schools were in a partial lockdown Friday afternoon.

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