Million dollar bond set for Tupelo bank robbery suspect

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Justice Court Judge Pat Carr set armed robbery suspect Cory Baker’s bond at $1 million on Monday morning.
Baker, 24, of Tupelo, was arrested Friday following an armed robbery at Merchants and Farmers Bank on South Gloster. Lt. Tim Tate said a citizen saw the robbery in progress and called 911, at the same time the Tupelo Police Department received a “robbery in progress” alarm. As officers arrived they saw Baker exiting the bank with a bag and a semi-automatic weapon.
Baker was arrested after a short foot chase. Officers recovered the weapon, dye-stained money and ski mask on the scene, Tate said.
Baker was on probation for armed robbery and carjacking, crimes he committed when he was 17. He was charged as an adult, and had served his time and been out of jail for about a year, Tate said.
This is the third bank robbery in Tupelo this year. Arrests have been made in all three.