Three Suspects Held in County Jail

One of two men indicted for the armed robbery of a Washington gas station last fall pleaded guilty and was sentenced for the crime. 

Cornelius R. Balch, 21, received a 10-year suspended sentence for his role in the Sept. 17, 2013, holdup at the Fas-Trip station at Highway 47 and Fifth Street. 

Balch was placed on five years’ supervised probation as part of the suspended execution sentence (s.e.s). 

He also received a one-year s.e.s and was placed on two years’ bench probation on the companion charge of misdemeanor stealing in the robbery.

The judge also ordered Balch to serve 150 hours of community service.  

Balch and Jacob M. Sanor, 19, Warrenton, were indicted in the robbery by a Franklin County grand jury in December. 

In addition to armed robbery and misdemeanor stealing, Sanor also is facing a felony charge of armed criminal action in the holdup. 

Authorities allege that Sanor committed the actual robbery and wielded a large kitchen knife when he demanded cash from a clerk as Balch stood watch. 

Both men were wearing bandanas to hide their faces and hooded sweatshirts, according to reports. 

The robbery was caught on a surveillance camera located in the convenience store.

After being given an undisclosed amount of money the two fled on foot toward the Mercy Hospital parking lot, according to witness statements. 

Police believe they left in a vehicle that was parked nearby.

Following the robbery, the suspects drove to Warren County and about an hour later wrecked the vehicle on Route TT, east of Dutzow.

Information obtained from that wreck, investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol, led detectives here to start looking at possible suspects. 

Several days after the holdup, police questioned Sanor and another man, and later obtained a search warrant for an apartment where some of the suspects had been staying.

Sanor remains in the county jail awaiting trial in the case. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 1 for setting of a trial date. 

Sanor is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond.