On Monday, March 26 at 9:57 a.m., The Sedalia Police Department received a report of a bank robbery at US Bank located at 116 W. 4th in Sedalia. Officers responded and secured the bank, however, the suspect had already fled the scene.
Information from bank employees gave a description of the suspect as a black male approximately 6 ft 2 inches tall, in good physical condition and clean cut. The suspect was wearing a green jacket, sunglasses, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.
The suspect approached a teller in the bank and advised her he had a gun and demanded money. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled out the south door of the business.
Officers searched the area and located the jacket and sunglasses that were stashed in a walkway downtown. After following other leads and gathering evidence, detectives from the Sedalia Police Department established a suspect.
Members of the Sedalia Police Department Investigative Unit, Pettis County Detective Sgt. Tollie Rowe, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation located the suspect at a Tyson chicken operation in Northeast Pettis County where he was taken into custody.
The suspect has been arrested and charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The suspect information is as follows.
Lenford A. Buckner, 45, 522 N. Osage, Sedalia Mo.
The same branch was also robbed on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, by a different suspect, later apprehended by authorities.
The investigation is under the direction Commander David Woolery, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Sedalia Police Department.