Lebanon man arrested in connection with bank robbery

Leslie Shields

Fines Massey editor@laclederecord.com@

A Lebanon man charged in connection with Monday’s bank robbery has been taken into custody by the Lebanon Police Department.

According to the LPD, Leslie E. Shields, 45, was arrested without incident at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 100 block of Minkler Avenue. Shields is now being held in the Laclede County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 cash-or-surety bond.

Shields was charged with one count of Class B Felony Burglary First Degree and one count of Class D Felony Stealing in connection with the robbery of U.S. Bank in Lebanon on Monday afternoon.

The robbery was reported at about 1:30 p.m. Police say the suspect walked into the bank and demanded that the teller give him the $100 and $50 bills in her drawer. He fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

Shields was identified after his picture was posted on social media, according to police. Investigators were then able to obtain warrants for his arrest.

Shields has a past history of bank robbery. He is currently on probation for the 2002 robbery of two banks in St. Louis County, according to the police. 

Court records show that Shields pleaded guilty to half a dozen charges, including multiple counts of second-degree robbery and felony armed criminal action in connection to the robberies that took place in May 2002. Shields pleaded guilty to the crimes in February 2013 and was sentenced to eight years in prison to be served concurrently with other state and federal sentence.

According to an Associated Press story released in July 2002, Shields robbed a FirstBank site on June 10. His brother was reportedly the getaway driver for that robbery. Nine days later, Shields robbed a Royal Bank location.

Shields reportedly showed tellers a handgun in both robberies.

Court records also show that Shields was charged with two counts of drug distribution in Laclede County in May 1999. He pleaded guilty to the charges in 2001 and was sentenced to five years in prison to be served concurrently with other sentences he was already serving, the records state.


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