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Oxford Junction residents watchful after 2nd bank robbery in 6 months


Bob Coon, who runs the town's only grocery store, went above and beyond his day job Tuesday.

That's when Coon received a call from a bank employee saying the Citizen's State Bank in town was being robbed. It's the second time the business has been hit in the last six months.

"I got in the pickup, plus I called some of my farmer buddies north of town, south of town, and we all went around looking," Coon said. 

"He just told me that the bank got robbed again, and I kind of headed towards town just to see if there were any roads that I could see anything happening," said Jim Bicknese, who helped Coon in his search for the suspect.

Within three minutes, the search for the getaway vehicle was underway.

"If you can spot him, just kind of help law enforcement," Bicknese said. 

Authorities describe the suspect as a 5-foot, 5-inch tall man wearing a camouflage cap with dark hair. 

The suspect was driving a pickup tuck with black lettering displaying the words "Dodge Ram" on the tailgate.

Authorities say they are looking for an older model truck, with a full size American flag in the back window. No license plates were visible.

While Coon's 30-minute search turned up nothing, it did send a clear message. 

"In a small town, things get noticed," he said.

Coon describes himself as nothing more than a concerned citizen, doing his part to protect the town of about 500 residents tucked away in the county's corner.

"They're friends, and you don't want to see friends get hurt," Coon said.

"We've got very good deputies in our county, and they get down here as quickly as they can, also." Bicknese said.

In the end, Coon says he will continue to look out for his neighbors.

"You go when you're called," he said. "It's just small-town Iowa."

The Jones County Sheriff's office discourages people from chasing down criminals, however, noting witnesses should call 9-1-1 during an emergency.

Anyone with any information regarding Tuesday's robbery is asked to contact the Jones County Sheriff's Office at 319-462-4371.

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