Mugshot: Man robs bank because he can't pay traffic citations, people drive nicer cars than him
Posted on: 01/07/2013 08:56 AM

Meet Russell Sanford who admitted to driving his vehicle with a suspended license and to robbing a bank. Sanford told detectives that he wanted money because he was tired of seeing younger people driving newer vehicles than his and that he couldn't afford to pay his traffic citations. He said he had been planning the bank robbery for two days. Well planned, not really. Well thought it, not even close.

Mugshot: Man robs bank because he can't pay traffic citations, people drive nicer cars than him

According to the affidavit, at 9:00 a.m. on December 31, 2012, 28-year-old Russell Lester Sanford, Jr., DOB 5/30/1984, of 1209 Lakewood Road in Davenport, entered the bank located at 300 Ambersweet Way in Davenport, approached the bank manager and several tellers, and demanded money. Russell was armed with a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

The bank manager and tellers immediately triggered the alarm reporting the robbery in progress to PCSO, and after the suspect fled described the suspect and his vehicle over the phone to PCSO. The suspect was described as a white male with brown hair, wearing band-aid bandages on his face, a black jacket, and a ball cap, driving a red Jeep pickup truck. One of the tellers was also able to take a photo of the suspect truck as it fled. The suspect information was sent out via BOLO (Be On Look Out) via PCSO radio dispatch.

At 9:04 a.m., PCSO Deputy Sheriff Mark Dainty, a 5-year veteran of the agency currently assigned to the Northeast District patrol, spotted the suspect vehicle heading south on U.S. 27 near Calabay Park and Harrell Road, being driven by a suspect matching the description. Deputy Dainty immediately turned around (he was heading northbound toward the scene of the crime) and conducted a traffic stop on the truck, calling for backup.

Deputy Dainty ordered the driver of the truck to get out of the vehicle and lay facedown on the ground -- the driver complied. PCSO Deputy Sheriff Brian Bruchey, also a 5-year veteran of the agency and assigned to Northeast District patrol, responded as backup and removed a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun out of the suspect's waistband. The firearm had one round loaded in the chamber. A bag filled with money from the bank was located inside the truck.

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