Trenton man arrested in Leonard bank robbery

Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 10:47 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2021 at 12:50 PM CDT
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LEONARD, Texas (KXII) - A suspect in a bank robbery in Leonard Friday night has been arrested.

Leonard Police said it happened around 6 p.m. at the First United Bank at 200 W. Collins Street when the suspect, identified by Farmersville Police as Kevin James Long, 29, of Trenton, gave the teller a note demanding money and made off with about 5,500 dollars of cash.

“She did exactly what she was supposed to do and how she was trained,” said Leonard Police Chief Brian Meserole. “She put out the money and allowed the suspect to leave the business, at which time they locked the door and called 911.”

Meserole said no one was injured, and no guns were involved.

He said they got a description of Long’s vehicle and his shoes.

“He was wearing a very distinctive pair of tennis shoes, which was a big mistake on his part; apparently, he did not remove them,” said Meserole.

Before long, a search warrant was out on his vehicle, and a be on the lookout notification was sent out to Fannin County law enforcement agencies.

That’s when a Bells officer noticed his car and made eye contact with him.

“He believed the reaction he got from the individual that it was very possible that with all the other factors adding up that it was most likely him,” said Bells Police Chief Lee Culley.

The officer conducted a traffic stop, and sure enough, it was their suspect Kevin Long.

Inside the vehicle, officers found evidence linking Long to the bank robbery in Leonard.

Long was taken into custody by the Texas Rangers.

Farmersville Police said investigators believe Long is responsible for other bank robberies in North Texas over the past two years, including one in Farmersville.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 12 for the latest information.

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