$4 million bond set in bank robbery case

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 10:14 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 7:06 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Central Arkansas man is facing at least a half-dozen felonies after Jonesboro police say he admitted robbing a bank and a convenience store earlier this week.

A $4 million bond was set Friday for Lawrence Eugene Burnom, 52, of Little Rock during a court appearance.

According to a news release shared on social media, Jonesboro police arrested 52-year-old Lawrence Burnom of Little Rock and 40-year-old Antonio Moore of Jonesboro during a traffic stop.

Police said the vehicle the two men were in matched the description of the car used in Wednesday morning’s armed robbery of Southern Bank, 2775 E. Nettleton Ave.

As of Friday, police said Moore was listed as a suspect and arrestee in the case but was not taken to jail on the bank robbery case.

Investigators said at least one shot was fired at the bank, shattering the front glass; however, no injuries were reported.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect then ran from the scene.

On Wednesday, police said Burnom and Moore were “found to be in possession of a large amount of cash as well as clothing that matched the description of the suspect on scene.”

“During a Mirandized interview, Burnom admitted to robbing Southern Bank and accidentally firing a shot when leaving. Burnom was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash in the approximate amount that matched the approximate amount that was taken during the robbery,” Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit.

Police also found a weapon believed to have been used in the bank robbery.

The case is still under investigation.

Valero Gas Station robbery

Burnom was also arrested in connection with a robbery at the Valero Gas Station in the 3200 block of South Caraway Road.

Officers got a call around 7:45 p.m. Monday about the robbery.

Police said the suspect pulled a gun, took a cash box, fired a shot and left.

Burnom also admitted committing the Valero gas station robbery, police said.

Burnom was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, possession of firearm by certain persons and theft $1,000 or less in the gas station robbery and aggravated robbery, terroristic act-shoots at or projects an object that causes property damage, possession of firearm by certain persons, aggravated assault and terroristic threatening-1st degree in the bank robbery case.

A judge set a Dec. 30 arraignment date for Burnom in circuit court.

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