TEXARKANA, Texas — A 77-year-old man who robbed a local Walmart before attempting to make his getaway in a Smart Car was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison as part of a plea bargain.
Ronnie Dean Seymour appeared from the Bi-State jail via video before 102nd District Judge Jeff Addison with Assistant Public Defender Deborah Moore.
"I'm guilty sir," Seymour said when asked to enter a plea to a charge of aggravated robbery.
Assistant District Attorney Randle Smolarz said he discussed the case with District Attorney Jerry Rochelle, considered the circumstances of the case and Seymour's age in arriving at a decision to offer Seymour a 15-year deal.
Seymour was arrested for aggravated robbery May 13 in the parking lot of a Lowes next to a Walmart Supercenter in the 4000 block of New Boston Road in Texarkana, Texas.
Seymour was allegedly wearing a medical mask, a baseball cap, yellow-tinted glasses and white medical gloves when he approached the automotive counter sometime before 2:45 p.m. and paid for a package of shop towels with a $100 bill, according to a probable cause affidavit. When the clerk opened the drawer to make change, Seymour allegedly produced a handgun and demanded "all the money and no change."
The clerk stepped back and the robber stepped around the counter, grabbing approximately $687 in currency from the register's till. A store employee watched the robber as he left through the "general merchandise" doors and headed to a white Smart Car parked between Walmart and Lowes.
When officers approached Seymour in the Lowes parking lot, they observed a baseball cap and jacket on the passenger seat which allegedly matched those seen in video surveillance. From Seymour's car, officers allegedly recovered a black pellet gun, wigs, fake mustaches and two notes.
The notes allegedly gave instructions to hand over "money but no dye packs and stated he was armed," as might be expected in a bank robbery. Also recovered was a Texas license plate which Seymour allegedly placed over the car's actual Arkansas plate. Investigators believe Seymour stopped in the Lowes parking lot to remove the Texas plate in an effort to thwart law enforcement's pursuit of him.
According to earlier reports, Seymour is also wanted in connection with the robbery of a Walmart in Bossier City, La. In Louisiana, Seymour allegedly attempted to rob the Money Center of the Walmart Super Center on Airline Drive on May 7, according to a news release from the Bossier City Police Department. The suspect in the Louisiana holdup was wearing a security guard jacket and a black hat with the word security written on it. He was also wearing a face mask, according to the news release.
For now, Seymour remains in the Bowie County jail.