• Dennis McCaslin

Van Buren bank robber sentenced to eight years in federal prison system for ARVEST heist

Roy Dean Lamproe, age 43, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was sentenced Tuesday to 96 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Bank Robbery. 

The Honorable P.K. Holmes III presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.

According to court records, Lamproe entered the Arvest Bank in Van Buren at approximately 2:50 p.m., on July 2, 2019.  He approached the teller line, displayed a hand gun and told the tellers he had a bomb that he would detonate unless the tellers gave him the bank’s money. 

A teller placed a large amount of money into a small box and Lamproe fled the bank.  Lamproe’s physical description provided by bank employees as well as an image captured by the bank’s surveillance camera enabled law enforcement agents to identify Lamproe as the bank robber and located him at his last known address. 

A parole waiver and consent to search was granted by a relative that allowed law enforcement agents to enter Lamproe’s residence. A subsequent search of the residence revealed the proceeds of the bank robbery were inside the residence. Lamproe was arrested and taken into custody.

Lamproe was indicted by a federal grand jury in August of 2019, and entered a guilty plea in October of 2019.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Van Buren Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Kyra Jenner prosecuted the case for the United States.