AURORA, Mo. — Aurora-Marionville Police Department has arrested a suspect of the Aurora convenience store burglary.

According to a release from the AMPD, their investigation led to an identification of the suspect and a subsequent search.

Dustin Lamphear, 36, of Aurora was arrested Thursday night, April 13. He was taken to the Lawrence County Jail without bond to await official charges. He is currently being held on unofficial first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon charges.

AMPD Police Chief Wes Coatney wrote in a press release:

“When these events happen, our staff at AMPD are dedicated to resolving the case and bringing the suspects to justice. In this case, our investigators and patrol staff worked seamlessly together in tracking the evidence and suspect. Additionally, we received help from our neighboring agencies which rounded off this successful investigation. We are blessed to have the dedicated men and women in law enforcement we have protecting our citizens. I couldn’t be more impressed with them. Aurora and Marionville is a horrible location to engage in criminal activity. We encourage changing your behavior, or your address, before we come for you.”

AMPD Chief Wes Coatney
  • Dustin Lamphear mugshot

Original story, published April 12:

AURORA, Mo. — Police are searching for a suspect after a convenience store in Aurora was robbed at gunpoint just before midnight on Monday.

According to a release from the Aurora-Marionville Police Department, a male entered the convenience store at about 11:20 p.m. and displayed a handgun. He demanded money from the clerk and was given a small amount of cash from the register.

The suspect ran from the store and drove away in a light-colored SUV. The suspect was wearing an orange beanie and a partial face mask, which was recovered by officers.

Anyone who has information pertaining to the case can contact the Aurora-Marionville Police Department at 417-678-5025.