UPDATE: Woman arrested in connection with false report of Subway robbery

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | 2:30 p.m. CDT; updated 4:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 1, 2011

COLUMBIA — Police arrested a woman Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of making a false report of a strong-arm robbery at the Subway restaurant where she worked.

The woman, Kelli Buckhalter, 27, called the police about a robbery at the Subway at 1406 Forum Blvd., Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said. But there were inconsistencies in her story that led to her arrest, Stroer said.

The woman admitted her involvement in the incident, Stroer said.

Buckhalter was also arrested on suspicion of stealing the bank deposit bag, containing more than $500.

She was being held in the Boone County jail on $5,000 bond.

In later questioning, Buckhalter told police that her husband, Trevor Buckhalter, was involved, according to a media release from Columbia Police.

The release said investigators called the man at his home and asked him to turn himself in. He agreed but did not appear.

Police asked that anyone with information regarding Trevor Buckhalter call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS (8477).

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Sally Willis August 31, 2011 | 10:41 a.m.

I thought that she was involved when I read the story yesterday! Why on earth would anyone walk across the street with a safe deposit bag in hand? And how would a random passer by know she had it unless she had told someone or was waving it around???

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Sally Willis August 31, 2011 | 10:43 a.m.

Well she can use the stolen $500 to post her 10% of $5000 bond that works out nicely!

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mike mentor August 31, 2011 | 3:50 p.m.

Have to pat myself on the back a little with this one. I smelled it yesterday AND commented so under the first article. I was half surprised that I didn't get vilified for questioning the poor victim of a crime. Glad I am not the only one thinking.
Oh, and BTW, good job CPD !

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Delcia Crockett September 1, 2011 | 2:34 p.m.

I, too, on a citizens' forum, where I am global moderator, posted the suspicious nature of this being an actual armed robbery the day "the robbery" happened. Won't go so far as to pat myself on the back though, as Hub and Only Daughter thought of it before I did, and we discussed this - as it had happened right across the street from the end of the street where we live - very, very near our home.

Another thing is that in another state where I was a store manager, part of our management training included that dishonest employees were inclined to steal from the store more often than the open, general public would walk in and steal. I found this to be true when I was an employee, but getting the boss to understand who was stealing was a little big more complicated. I know of two drive-offs by employees, I know about drug deals by employees on the parking lot, and I know that money came up missing from safe, around safe and in actual register shortages, and employees just taking what they wanted to eat or drink. One time in felony amount of $500. The thief always makes it look like someone else and plays up to the boss - and if caught, has excuses you would not believe. Some of them could qualify for Academy Awards if real life were a movie. I can honestly say, before God and all the angels, that I have never taken a penny and never any merchandise that belonged to anyone else in my whole life. I know people, who do will take, will blame others, just like this person now admits that she did in this fake robbery. However, I also know that sometimes managers and supervisors need to listen to honest employees who try to tell them something. Too, I know that the police need to listen to people who try to tell them something. They should listen and just watch. Else, they end up helping the ones who are doing criminal mischief, instead of the victim. That is one of things we learned in management training - the diligence of listening and watching. You might be surprised who your theft person really is - who the person is who will take you behind your back. If you never find out who or why, the problem may be you and if you listened and watched, or not.

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Delcia Crockett September 1, 2011 | 2:36 p.m.

a little bit more complicated

who do/will take

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