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Charges filed in last week’s bank robbery


This news story was published on February 9, 2012.
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by Matt Marquardt –

MASON CITY – Mason City police have a suspect in custody in a bank robbery that occurred February 3rd.

Mason City police say they have developed information that ties Allen Mark Penhollow, 32, of Mason City, to the stolen truck, the bomb threat that was called in to Newman School, and the First Citizens Bank robbery.  This series of events took place in about a 24 hour span on February 2nd and 3rd.  See original press conference, here.

On Wednesday, Mason City Police investigators applied for an arrest warrant for Penhollow charging him with 2nd degree theft, a class D felony.  Penhollow was tracked to the Des Moines area and law enforcement and FBI agents in that area were alerted and assisted in the apprehension of the suspect.  Penhollow was arrested Wednesday evening without incident and taken into custody by FBI agents and MCPD Investigators.

Penhollow was transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail Thursday morning.  In addition to the arrest warrant, he will be charged today with 2nd degree robbery, a class C felony; arson, for the bomb threat, a class D felony; and terrorism, a class D felony.

The police investigation also ties Emily Elizabeth Francis, 29, of Mason City, to the bomb threat and bank robbery as an accomplice before, during and after.  Arrest warrants will be applied for Thursday that charge her with 2nd degree robbery, arson and terrorism. “We have a good idea where she is at but are unable to physically arrest her at this time,” said Captain Mike McKelvey of the Mason City Police Department.

The Mason City Police Department would like to thank the citizens, media, businesses, and other agencies that assisted with the investigation or submitted possible leads.

Allen Mark Penhollow

Emily Elizabeth Francis

SUBJECTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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33 Responses to Charges filed in last week’s bank robbery

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    Noneyabusiness Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I really could care less if she or anyone else is in treatment for whatever. The fact remains she stole from hard working people, who are struggling to make ends meet in this horrible economy. Is it really so hard to fill out an job application and earn your money? Too late for this now, the damage is done. I hope the judge makes an example out of these two. The district attorney needs to be made aware of the fact that we (the law abiding citizens of Iowa) are not going to take it anymore. Just like in the tv show “Beretta” don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

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    SB Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Some people never grow up and it takes real time to realize you can’t just get away with anything. By reading comments connected to this article it appears that Emily has had time in treatment and it tells me that her judgement is blurred by her past/present(?) drug use also. Until one grows up and puts drugs and those associated with drugs behind them, that person will always be in trouble or finally in jail…whether they are a good person or not.

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    jane Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Who cares if Emily is in treatment or not at prairie ridge! That place is the biggest joke. She’s been a trouble maker her whole life and has a little girl that she does not take care of cause the dad has her! She needs to go sit in prison and that will do her more good than a treatment facility!

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      JJT Reply Report comment

      February 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Please leave our daughter out of this. In my mind she is the biggest victim of all this. She is a very good little girl who deserves better.

      Respectfully,
      The dad who has her

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        jane Reply Report comment

        February 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Dear dad
        I didn’t say anything bout your little girl but that she’s not with Emily and obviously your taking full responsibility for her. She doesn’t deserve any of this and is probably good that you have her and not her so called mother….just saying

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    Observer Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Matt, thanks for adding the Spam Free option.

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      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      You’re welcome. It was really becoming a problem, but this will shut the spammers down for the foreseeable future. Some people might find it hard to type the password but I don’t have a lot of options.

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      It’s a one-fingered operation Matt, highlight, copy, tab, paste. Since I have a trac-ball, that’s all I ever use is a single finger.

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      HHHHmmmming also! Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      yeah, it is so hard to cut and paste these days!

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    Observer Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Oh my! I thought from all the comments on the previous article on this incident, that Mason City PD was worthless, incompetent, and lazy? Yet, they have suspects arrested? Well, just how could that be????????????????

    Maybe, just maybe, our police department is far more effective than so many of you think.

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    Larry Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Bank robbery is a Federal rap. They won’t get off anywhere near as easy as a state charge.

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    Jim Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    most of the mcpd are very capable, but there is always a few that drag them down( the ones that think they are super cops.)

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    anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Emily in treatment…that’s funny just seen her at the casino in Northwood on Sat. (Early Sun morn). I guess they should of made it in-patient instead of sending her home…..lolololololo

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      LOLOLOLOL Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      What are you trying to say people “in treatment” are not forced to stay?!?! They can leave and go spend STOLEN $$ at the casino?!?! NO WAY!!
      For those that just don’t understand above is full of SARCASAM

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      right or wrong Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      She went Mon. and i never said they can’t leave. or did i say i feel in anyway sorry for her. I said my heart goes out to her family and friends.

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      LOLOLOLOL Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Even better checking into treatment after committing a bank robbery what a way to try to hide and pretend to try to get better.

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      Right or Wrong Reply Report comment

      February 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Lol…..sounds like u know her personally to hate so much.

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        LOLOLOLOL Reply Report comment

        February 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

        No hate at all……..nothing I have said has been hateful to her it is that so many people try to get through the cracks at almost 30 it is time for her to pull her head out of her a$$ and be a mom, daughter, sister and contributing member of society or she will be in and out of prison for the rest of her life or worse yet dead. Again as I have stated before I have watched several people very close to me go down this road. Most are still young and I retain a small amount of hope that they can come away from it but those who never got off the road are now dead leaving behind a whole lot of hurt.

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    right or wrong Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Bust the drug dealers in mason !! The meth use is wrecking our families!!! Morals and values !! Emily is in treatment ..has been ..So I am sure if I know this MCPD knows this. My heart goes out to her family and friends that have tried to help.

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      LOLOLOLOL Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Have you read the paper lately or this freaking website there are tons of people in treatment or a residential facility that leave all of the time. Oh wow big deal she is in treatment should have been a long time ago there are some people that just cannot be helped and it is becoming pretty obvious that she cannot! Also being that the FBI is involved and the fact that she has an arrest record I would bet that they actually have evidence linking her to these crimes. Sometimes you just have to walk away from these kind of people. And I HAVE walked in the shoes of being there for someone who just cannot be helped and they died way too soon!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    looks like the lights are on and nobody is home, with both of them!

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    UStoleMyName Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Great job to the MCPD. Unfortunately, they will probably be granted a plea bargain and will get 3 months probation and a $150 fine. MC Justice at it’s best.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    FEAR NOT, You’r local JUDGE will have them in BEJE Clark next week:o))))))))) You poor saps in MASON!!!!

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      Bob Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      @Anonymous… you’re exactly right! Rosenbladt will overfill BeJe when he’s done, so that they will need to build an addition on the back side….

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      Watcher Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      This will fall under federal, terroristic acts go beyond local courts.

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    Concerned Citizen Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Great job Mason City Police Dept. I am so proud to have this force in Mason City. Again, great job.

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    usmc Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Worthless POS, Hang em in central park so everyone can watch and also bring all the molestors and have a hang gnag party

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      Watcher Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Sure, then you can urinate on their corpses afterwards. We have evolved from the caveman days in case you haven’t heard.

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    John Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Definitely not Bonny and Clyde, or John Dillinger. Good plan though, but they must have told too many people.

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    LOLOLOLOL Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Shocker Emily Francis is wanted for again stealing from someone else………not all that long ago she was busted stealing from Mercy! Grow up!! You are almost 30!! Its obvious some people just never change!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Ditto, sounds like some solid police work with the description and information they had to go on.

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    Watcher Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Maybe this will help calm the naysayers about the ability of the MCPD… Probably not.