Suspected bank robber caught in Tupelo

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo’s third bank robbery of the year ended just like the first two – with an arrest.
Corey Baker, 24, of Danny Street in Tupelo is charged with armed robbery after allegedly robbing the M&F Bank on South Gloster Street on Friday afternoon. Bond for Baker will be set Monday at 10 a.m.
Police said a man wearing a mask walked into the bank shortly after 2 p.m. holding a semi-automatic handgun and demanding money. According to police, the suspect exited the bank wearing his mask and carrying an undisclosed amount of money.
As he left the bank, a police officer working in that zone spotted him and chased him. When the man got to the back of the bank, the dye pack inside the bag of money exploded. After police drew their weapons the suspect surrendered without incident.
Lt. Tim Tate said a quick response by the police officers in the zone is the reason the arrest was made so quickly.
“That’s why we have officers in zones,” said Tate. “The zones are set up so officers can be in certain areas at all times. Things worked out in our favor on this one.”
There are 10 zones in the city.
Friday’s was the third bank robbery since June when Matthew Maynard, 25, was charged with armed robbery for allegedly robbing M&F Bank on North Gloster at gunpoint. Maynard escaped with an undisclosed amount of money but was caught a day later.
Alleged serial bank robber Robert Shantz, 32, of Georgia is accused of robbing the Trustmark Bank on West Main Street on July 7. He was arrested a week later in Memphis after allegedly attempting to rob another bank.
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