Pulaski County is an interesting place to live with a rich history and is filled with people who have done great things. It also has an outrageous side, some might even call it notorious. The Daily Guide decided to take a look at Pulaski County’s most notorious in a new list series. The first installment of this series tackles an element that most communities are familiar with - robbery.
Unfortunately, Pulaski County has had its fair share of crime. From local businesses to residents of the county, people have suffered losses thanks to the occasional robbery. Although the number one notorious robbery to make the list is a bank, banks are not the only businesses subject to robberies in Pulaski County.
1. The Waynesville Bank
According to Laura Huffman of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, on June 22, 1917, John “Jink” Starling and his gang blasted the vaults’ door open at the Waynesville Bank. The explosion woke the towns’ citizens who rushed to see the commotion. The robbery turned into a shootout after the citizens realized what was happening. The Starling gang escaped with almost $1200 in currency, silver, and gold. But it wasn’t over yet. J. T Burchard, W. J. O’Hare, James Clark, and James Locker were among the few who pursued the chase to recover the towns’ loss. The four men only recovered about $764 of the stolen loot. The trail grew cold until the state of Missouri offered a reward in the Starling gangs’ capture. One bandit was killed during a getaway of a Texas Bank Robbery. The other bandits were eventually apprehended and convicted.
2. Bingo Hall Robbery Gone Wrong
Prosecutors believed the robbery at the Davis Club on Fort Leonard Wood to be an inside job involving an employee and a manager. The Davis Club was robbed on the night of December 13, 2001 following a Bingo game. Barbara Turner, 30, was the manager of the club and had arranged for Kelvin Washington, 21, to work the night of the robbery. Turner cashed a check for a Bingo night promotion and stored $14,000 in the clubs vault along with the $50,000 that was already in the safe. After closing, Washington opened the door and allowed the masked men William Boone, 32, and Jerome Creighton, 27, to enter the club. Connie Oeffler, a club employee preparing to leave her shift and her friend, Brian Adams, who was keeping her company, were bounded by cable ties by the masked men before performing the robbery. A scuffle broke out which resulted in the shooting and murder of Brian Adams. William Boone II, Jerome Creighton, Kelvin Washington, and Barbara Turner were convicted in April 2004 for felony murder and armed robbery.
3. Bloodland Post Office
Alfred Smith, 19, Arthur Ray, 19, and Rueben Walters, 19, robbed the Bloodland Post Office located in a small store in April of 1923. They stole a few dollars and some clothing before disappearing toward Dixon. An article written by Van Beydler tells, “50 to 100 citizens began the chase.” Shots were fired to allow for the three men to escape. Dixon Marshall Chris Leisman heard of the robbery and searched the area near the crossroads about 7 miles North of Dixon according to Beydler. Leisman and his men found the robbers and surrounded them which caused the bandits to eventually surrender.