James T. Hulsey. Photo from Callaway County (Missouri) Jail.
A Missouri man suspected of robbing three Springfield banks over the past three weeks was arrested in his home state Friday after he allegedly robbed a bank near Kansas City.
James T. Hulsey, 51, of Desloge, Missouri, was captured following a vehicle and foot chase along Interstate 70 in central Missouri. The arrest comes just more than two months after Hulsey was released from federal prison, where he was serving time for robbing banks in Springfield and near Kansas City more than a decade ago.
Springfield police and the local FBI office are continuing their investigation into whether Hulsey is responsible for the most recent Springfield bank robberies: Illinois National Bank, 2601 Chatham Road, on Sept. 28; PNC Bank, 3019 Chatham Road, on Oct. 3; and Chase Bank, 2801 Greenbriar Drive, on Oct. 7. No local charges have been filed yet, Springfield police said Monday.
According to a news release, Hulsey was identified as a suspect in the robberies through various leads, including a Crime Stoppers tip that "provided crucial information that tied the suspect to the Springfield area during the time of one of the three robberies."
Missouri State Highway Patrol officers on Friday were on the lookout for a car matching the description of one driven by a man who robbed the Adams Dairy Bank in Blue Springs, Missouri, said Sgt. Scott White, a highway patrol spokesman. Officers at 2:30 p.m. Friday saw that vehicle headed eastbound on I-70 near Kingdom City, about 120 miles east of Blue Springs.
After following the vehicle for about eight miles, officers attempted to make a traffic stop, White said. The vehicle instead kept going -- a Kansas City newspaper reports said the driver reached speeds of 120 mph -- for another eight miles before exiting the interstate. White said after the vehicle took the exit, it was involved in some sort of a traffic crash before it returned to the highway for two more miles. Eventually, Hulsey got out of the car and attempted to run before he was caught, White said.
Hulsey was booked into the Callaway County Jail in Fulton, Missouri, where he remained Monday afternoon.
The arrest occurred about two months after Hulsey was released from federal prison, where he served roughly 10 years for a string of robberies in 2003 and 2005, according to federal court and prison records.
Hulsey was arrested Feb. 4, 2005, the same day he robbed a US Bank branch at 2723 S. Sixth St. in Springfield. In that case, police said a man dressed in a suit handed a teller a note that demanded money.
He took cash and got into a black Saab with one red hubcap and drove south toward Interstate 55.
Hulsey was stopped on southbound I-55 near Glenarm about 15 minutes after the robbery when an Illinois State Police commander recognized the black Saab with the red hubcap.
Prosecutors at the time connected Hulsey to four other bank robberies, including two in the Kansas City area in 2003; the US Bank on South Sixth Street in Springfield on June 5, 2003; and INB on Chatham Road on Nov. 20, 2003.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was released on Aug. 7, according to federal prison records.
In the most recent robberies, the robber entered the banks without a mask or any other way to significantly disguise his appearance. Local police surmised that since no one locally recognized the robber after seeing several bank surveillance camera images, he was likely an out-of-towner who traveled here to commit the crimes.
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