It's been a busy day for law enforcement officers in the area. Joplin and Webb City police departments are investigating separate bank robberies while the Carthage Police Department nabbed three juveniles believed to be burglarizing several apartments near the Jasper County Jail in Carthage.


Two banks, one in Joplin and one in Webb City, were robbed in separate incidents on Tuesday but there was no word on whether they were related.

Webb City police responded to a robbery at the First State Bank on Madison Street in Webb City shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police radio traffic indicated that a suspect was arrested in that incident shortly after it happened. No other details were available.

The earlier incident happened at the Commerce Bank branch, 1804 E. 20th St. in Joplin, according to Joplin Police.

A written release said officers and investigators responded to the bank at 12:13 p.m. on Tuesday.

Joplin Police reported that a suspect armed with a handgun demanded cash then ran south on foot from the bank.

A Joplin police dog tracked the suspect to a nearby apartment complex but officers were not able to locate the person.

He is described as a white male with a half-mask, wearing a black hoodie with white writing on the sleeves. He was wearing blue jeans and black shoes.

He fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Joplin Police Cpl. Chuck Niess says Joplin detectives went to Webb City but they believe as of late Tuesday that the two robberies are not related.

Carthage burglary

Carthage police say they detained three juveniles in a pickup loaded with household appliances after receiving a call of a burglary in progress in the 500 block of East Fourth Street.

Carthage police said the call came in at 12:27 p.m.

Upon arriving at the scene, Carthage police said they spotted the juveniles with the pickup and merchandise. Police said it appeared that the juveniles took items from more than one residence in a building in the area of the Jasper County Jail

All three were detained on suspicion of second-degree burglary and transported to the jail.