UPDATE: Suspect in a Columbia bank robbery faces federal charges

2 months 1 week 14 hours ago Friday, November 09 2018 Nov 9, 2018 Friday, November 09, 2018 2:16:00 PM CST November 09, 2018 in News
By: Caroline Watkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer & David Estrada, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA – The suspect of a bank robbery in south Columbia is now in federal court, after implicating himself in several other robberies over the past two years.

A complaint in the Western District Court said Roger L. Ballinger, 33, entered Commerce Bank on Sandman Lane on Monday, showed a semi-automatic gun and demanded money from a teller.

Ballinger took $5,850 from the bank and fled on foot. CPD started a foot pursuit and apprehended the suspect and recovered the money.

An affidavit from a FBI special agent said, Ballenger admitted to be a serial bank robber and the person responsible for the following robberies:

  • Commerce Bank, Columbia on November 5, 2018
  • Merchants and Farmers Bank, Columbia on June 8, 2018, where he stole $7,877
  • Great Southern Bank, Columbia, on September 7, 2018, where he had stolen $13,645
  • Chase Bank in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 14, 2018
  • Other incidents at auto part stores

Ballinger faces charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the Monday robbery. He is being held at the Boone County Jail without a bond.

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