A Delaware man was charged by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division after being accused of dressing up as a woman and holding up a bank branch in Rising Sun Wednesday, state police said in a press release.
Kent Hunt Buckson, 34, of the 600 block of Lochaven Court in the Bear community near Newark, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft: $10,000 under $100,000, first-degree assault and second-degree assault late Thursday. He is accused of robbing the National Penn Bank branch robbery at 5 Maple Heights Lane in Rising Sun the day before. Buckson was taken into custody without incident by detectives from the Delaware State Police – Troop 2 shortly after 9 a.m. at the Rodeway Inn on South College Avenue in Newark, Del.
The Rising Sun Police Department was called to the bank branch at approximately 4 p.m. Officer Dallas Herbert was told by tellers that the robber walked into the bank branch wearing a dress, a turtle-neck sweater, other ladies clothing accessories and a wig. The suspect presented a note demanding cash and threatening to shoot the bank employees. He did not display a weapon at the time of the robbery. After receiving an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency, the suspect fled the bank on foot. Rising Sun Police Department subsequently requested the assistance from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and Crime Scene Unit.
Following Buckson’s arrest, detectives with the Delaware State Police, Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Pennsylvania State Police – Media Barrack and the FBI executed search warrants on the motel room rented to Buckson, his Lockhaven Court home and a Kia Sedona minivan. Investigators recovered items linking him to the Rising Sun robbery and four similar bank robberies in Delaware and Pennsylvania, in which the culprit was dressed as woman, the press release said.
During the investigation Thursday, Delaware troopers connected Buckson to a spree of eight convenience store heists in Elkton, New Castle (DE) County and Chester County in Pennsylvania. Charges in connection with related bank robberies and the convenience store capers are pending by the respective investigating agencies. Late Thursday, Buckston was in the custody of the Delaware State Police pending commitment to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution near Wilmington.
The Rising Sun robbery investigation continues by Trooper First Class Robert Hagan.