Charges Dropped Against Alleged Mastermind Of Bristow Walmart Heist
BRISTOW, Oklahoma - The Creek County District Attorney has dropped charges against a former Bristow Walmart manager suspected of organizing a heist of his store.
The DA’s office tells News On 6 that Rico Robertson suffered a massive stroke and has been declared incompetent to stand trial.
On July 4, 2015, a man went to Walmart claiming to be a Loomis armored truck driver and an employee handed him a deposit of more than $70,000, investigators say.
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That man, later identified as Bryan Jervante Johnson, of Bakersfield, California, left the store in a SUV driven by Mariah Bustamonte, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Bustamonte is Robertson’s stepdaughter. OSBI says Johnson is a distant relative of Robertson's and was recruited to carry out the heist.
Bustamonte was arrested and charged with conspiracy and embezzlement.
Documents say Bustamonte was given $900 “so she wouldn’t turn herself in.” During the investigation, agents said they were told Johnson's clothes were burned in a charcoal grill before he left Tulsa.
Robertson’s wife, Monica, is believed to have known about the robbery beforehand and destroyed evidence, investigators say. She also was arrested and faces a conspiracy charge.
Authorities say Rico Robertson drove Johnson to a Tulsa bus station after the robbery. At last check, Johnson still was at large. At the time of the robbery, he also was wanted in California for several robberies and a shooting.
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