who allegedly committed 10 robberies in five days
has been found guilty of armed robbery for using
a screwdriver to rob a Kansas City gas station.
Lonnie C. Bond, 24, of Kansas
City, was convicted of first degree robbery and
armed criminal following a trial last week in
Platte County Circuit Court.
Platte County Prosecutor Eric
Zahnd said, "Although the majority of these
robberies occurred elsewhere, this defendant does
not get a free pass for the crime he committed
in Platte County."
Two cases against Bond remain
pending in Jackson County, and one is pending
in Clay County. The remainder occurred in Johnson
Prosecutors proved at trial that
Bond entered the Texaco station near 64th Street
and Interstate 29 wearing a white mask and wielding
a screwdriver just after 5:00 a.m. on February
8, 2003. Bond approached the store clerk, pushed
the screwdriver against her stomach and demanded
Bond made off with about $50.
At trial, Bonds attorney argued that using
a Phillips head screwdriver was not enough to
convict him of armed robbery.
Zahnd said, "The fact that
this defendant used a screwdriver and only obtained
a small amount of money does not diminish the
fear his victim felt.
Bond claimed he had been using
crack cocaine and had only six hours of sleep
in six days during his crime spree.
Bond was initially arrested and
prosecuted in Kansas, where he received a total
sentence of just under five years for six robberies
in Johnson County. Bond faces five to 15 years
in prison in Clay County on the charge of second
Bond faces 10 to 30 years, or
life, in prison on the Platte County case. His
sentencing is set for Aug. 3.
Zahnd added, "This defendants
attorney asked for a lesser charge based on how
other jurisdictions had treated him. And it is
true that most people think of guns and knives
as being used in armed robberies. But when a man
commits 10 robberies in five days, I believe he
should face the maximum possible charge even if
he uses just a screwdriver.
The case was investigated by a
multi-jurisdictional task force, including the
Kansas City, Mo. Police Department and several
agencies in Kansas. It was prosecuted by Assistant
Prosecutor Joe Vanover.