Llano deputies identify suspect in Kingsland bank robbery

LLANO — The Llano County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a 29-year-old man wanted for his possible involvement in a Kingsland bank robbery Jan. 4.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, a tip through the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers led investigators to identify Benton Paul Buratti, a white male, as a possible suspect in the robbery of the American Bank of Texas in the 300 block of RR 2900 in Kingsland.

Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Buratti on Jan. 10 for a second-degree robbery charge.

About 5 p.m. Jan. 4, a man walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. The man, described as weighing 170 pounds and standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall, made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man was last seen wearing dark pants, a dark shirt and a dark ball cap.

Investigators focused on Buratti after the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers’ tip and other information gathered from the public.

Buratti was last known to live in the Marble Falls area.

Authorities believe the man who took the money from the bank had help. Investigators also are looking for a white female who they describe as “a possible person of interest,” according to the release.

Anybody with information on Buratti’s location or the Jan. 4 robbery can call the LCSO at (325) 247-5767 or the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-8477. People also can make anonymous tips through the HCACS website at www.hcacrimestoppers.com.

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