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November 9, 2015

Newark Man Sentenced to Incarceration for 14 Robberies

WILMINGTON, DE—Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Kent Buckson, age 36, of Newark, Delaware, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Sue L. Robinson to 70 months’ incarceration for 14 robberies, eight occurring in Delaware, three in Pennsylvania and three in Maryland.

According to statements made at the sentencing hearing and documents filed in court, over an approximate six-week period beginning in June 2014, in a tri-state area Buckson robbed six stores, three pharmacies, and five banks, as follows:

Date

Location

June 8

7-Eleven, Elkton, MD

June 10

Lampost Liquors

June 12

7-Eleven, 100 Four Seasons Parkway, Newark, DE

June 13

7-Eleven 284 Christiana Road, Newark, DE

June 15

Rite Aid, Bear, DE

June 17

Wawa, Newark, DE

June 18

Sunoco Mini-Mart, Chadds Ford, PA

June 19

WSFS, Bear, DE

July 5

Wells Fargo, Lancaster, PA

July 8

PNC Bank, Glen Mills, PA

July 10

PNC Bank, Wilmington, DE

July 17

Rite Aid, Millsboro, DE

July 17

Rite Aid, Delmar, MD

July 23

National Penn Bank, Rising Sun, MD

In each of the store robberies, Buckson wore a mask and brandished a knife. In the two pharmacy robberies of July 17, 2014, committed four hours apart, Buckson robbed the clerks of approximately 1,236 Oxycodone pills, having a value of over $4,000.00.

In each of the five bank robberies and the two pharmacy robberies of July 17, 2014, Buckson disguised himself as a woman and presented the teller/clerk a note threatening a gun and the shooting of the teller/clerk. In addition, to the value of the Oxycodone pills, Buckson’s robberies resulted in financial losses of $25,250.00. When Buckson was arrested, $31,125.00 was recovered from the robbery at the National Penn Bank in Rising Sun, Maryland.

Following the sentencing, Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, stated, “This serious multi-state crime spree was ended and Buckson apprehended in Newark, Delaware on July 24, 2014, due to the swift and cooperative efforts of the Delaware State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Maryland State Police, Elkton, Maryland Police Department, and Delmar, Maryland Police Department.”

“A dangerous criminal has been brought to justice after the determined work of investigators. The work of law enforcement is only as good as the partnerships we create and maintain, and this case proves that to be true,” said Kevin Perkins, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Wilmington.

This case was investigated by the Delaware State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Maryland State Police, Elkton, Maryland Police Department, Delmar, Maryland Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edmond Falgowski.

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