DNA leads to conviction in robbery

bbashioum@demo-mo.comAugust 9, 2013 

Raymore police used DNA testing to put a robber behind bars for stealing more than $600 during a break-in at a fast food restaurant.

Cass County Circuit Court Judge William Collins sentenced 32-year-old Derron White to 25 years in prison for first-degree robbery and another 10 years for armed criminal action on July 29 after they were found guilty of robbing the Raymore Sonic Drive-In, located at 229 N. Madison St., on Jan. 12, 2012, according to the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office.

The sentences are to run concurrent.

After officers were dispatched to the restaurant regarding an armed robbery, the manager told the authorities that two males, wearing black clothing and both armed with pistols, entered the front of the restaurant.

Police say the men ordered two employees to the ground and forced the manager at gunpoint to the office to open the safe.

The suspects stole $621.70 and left the business.

While White was in the restaurant, a tan-colored belt he was wearing was yanked off his waist when it snagged on an ice cream machine. The belt then fell onto the floor, authorities observed through video surveillance.

During the investigation, a Raymore police officer recovered the belt from the scene and had it sent to the Kansas City Crime Lab for DNA testing.

The lab received a CODIS hit, matching the suspect’s genetic profile through the Missouri offender system.

Because White previously had spent time in prison, his DNA sample was in the computer database.

The police were then able to locate a residence where White was staying and found a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle leaving the scene at the time of the robbery.

“The quick response and investigation by the Raymore Police Department solved this crime,” Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley said. “By sending the belt to be tested for DNA, a match led to the successful prosecution and conviction.”

The second defendant in the case is awaiting trial.

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