Raymore robbery suspect caught by DNA on belt

08/05/2013 11:15 PM

08/05/2013 11:15 PM

One of the robbers who took $600 at gunpoint from a Raymore Sonic restaurant last year should have been a little more careful making his escape.

He left behind his belt, yanked off when it snagged on a piece of kitchen equipment. Authorities used DNA testing to link it to a suspect.

That led to charges and a conviction. Last week, a Cass County judge sentenced 32-year-old Derron A. White to 25 years in prison for first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

After the January 2012 hold-up, Raymore police watched surveillance video and saw the suspect’s canvas belt being pulled from his waist and falling to the floor. Because White previously had spent time in prison, his DNA sample was in a computer database.

After getting the DNA match, police found where White was staying. There, they found a car matching the description of one seen at the scene of the robbery, according to Cass County prosecutors.

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