Breakthrough Web Design - 515-897-1144 - Build Your Online Presence
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the North Iowa Region
Expert Web Design
for your business

CALL 515-897-1144
Founded October 1, 2010

Sheriff Pals asks public for information on wanted paroled bank robber


This news story was published on November 3, 2015.
Advertise on NIT Subscribe to NIT

MASON CITY – A woman who helped rob a Mason City bank in 2012 and served a year in prison is wanted on an arrest warrant for violating her parole from prison, sheriff Kevin Pals says.

Emily Elizabeth Francis, age 33 of Mason City, was an accomplice in the February 3rd, 2012 robbery of the 1st Citizens Bank in downtown Mason City.  Police have said that just a few minutes before the bank was robbed, a “vague” bomb threat was called into Newman School, potentially diverting police from the bank location.

Francis was later arrested and charged with felony C second degree robbery, felony D submitting false reports to police, and felony D threat of terrorism.  Francis then proceeded to plead guilty to felony second degree robbery and felony D false reports for which she was sentenced to 10 years and 5 years in prison, concurrently.  The felony charge of terrorism was dismissed.  She was ordered to pay Iowa courts $8,312.87 in costs, fees and restitution – she has paid $707.57 so far, records show.

Francis was sent to prison in June of 2012 and then released in June of 2013 and has been seen recently working at a Mason City Hardee’s restaurant after working at a Taco John’s.

Tuesday evening, Cerro Gordo county sheriff Kevin Pals said that Francis is wanted at this time for violating her parole from prison. He asked that anyone with information on Francis’ whereabouts call their local law enforcement agency.

Emily Francis prison photo upon release

Emily Francis prison photo upon release

Latest booking photo, provided by the sheriff's office

Latest booking photo, provided by the sheriff’s office

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 characters available

10 Responses to Sheriff Pals asks public for information on wanted paroled bank robber

  1. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I saw her working at Hardees about a month ago.

  2. Avatar

    rukidding Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    She sure didn’t appreciate her second chance now lock her up for the rest of her sentence. People can not blame the government for releasing prisoners early when its us that don’t want our taxes raised to pay for them to sit in jail. Society either has to pay to keep them in jail or change the laws to allow quicker executions.

    • Avatar

      LVS Reply Report comment

      November 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Either that or start penalizing women for getting pregnant just to get welfare.

      • Avatar

        Vincent Reply Report comment

        November 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

        So how did we get from releasing prisoners too early to women getting pregnant for money? Just how many women do you personally know that get pregnant just to get on welfare. Do you know several? Do you know even one? Do you have any facts to back up that statement?

        • Avatar

          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 5, 2015 at 10:09 pm

          You will not get a response from LVS because you asked for facts.

  3. Avatar

    LVS Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What idiot let her out on parole/ It was a given she will reoffend. No wonder these people keep on breaking the law. There is no penalty for it that amounts to anythinga

    • Avatar

      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      The Parole Board. The are appointed by the govenor.

  4. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2015 at 7:48 am

    This along with numerous illeagals who were arrested and released to appear in court – good luck with that and a lot of trips to mexaturd…

  5. Avatar

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Well lets see ! Obame just signed an executive order and released 6000 felons (prior druggie convictions) from prison so whats the big deal here ?

    • Avatar

      thinker Reply Report comment

      November 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

      The big deal? How are the two things even related?