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Suspected serial bank robber caught in Missouri

Posted September 13, 2009
Updated September 14, 2009

— A man suspected of committing bank robberies in five states, including North Carolina, was captured in mid-Missouri Saturday after a retired state trooper recognized him from the television show "America's Most Wanted."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a news release Sunday that Chad E. Schaffner, 37, of Indianapolis, was arrested at a motel in the small town of Kingdom City, about 25 miles east of Columbia. The release said Schaffner was taken into custody without resistance.

Schaffner was wanted on felony warrants for bank robbery, burglary, armed robbery and receiving stolen property. He also is a suspect in bank robberies in Illinois, Kentucky, North and South Carolina and Tennessee. Some of those robberies occurred in Fayetteville, Hendersonville, Edenton and Fletcher.

Schaffner was named a suspect in the robberies after bank surveillance photos from holdups dating to May were flashed on electronic billboards across the South.

According to an FBI arrest warrant, Schaffner was released from an Indiana prison in December 2008 after serving 6 months time for armed robbery.

Schaffner has spent more than 14 of the past 18 years behind bars, according to Indiana Department of Correction records. In addition to armed robbery, he has been convicted of burglary and escaping from custody.


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  • Lyle Sep 14, 2009

    How about letting him stretch some rope?

  • Journey985 Sep 14, 2009

    Nice work to the retired sheriff's deputy. Glad to see this reject to society is off our streets. How about keeping him a bit longer this time please?

  • Tax Man Sep 14, 2009

    How about habitual felon in multiple states - convict him in each and let him serve one sentence then transfer him to the other state for the next - on and on until he dies in prison.

  • tatermommy52 Sep 14, 2009

    Obama will tax the proceeds at the rich rate.

  • Lead by Example Sep 14, 2009

    A criminal record like this has to make this guy eligible for a federal sentence of life in prison without parole.

  • ICTrue Sep 14, 2009

    It almost seems like a waste of resources to bother going after him and trying him...He'll be back on the street in a few months anyway. Why don't they just let him run wild?

  • ladyinblue72 Sep 14, 2009

    Seeing as how he didn't learn anything from prison the last 14 years, how about keeping him there indefinitely so the public can be safe from his criminal acts. Forgot about his rights-how about ours? I