Armed convenience store robber charged; second time in two yearsOct 31, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Wrier
For the second time in two years, the same suspect has been charged with armed robbery of a convenience store.
Lynn Tendore, 18, of Fort Washakie, was apprehended soon after the second incident took place. He has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery - a felony punishable by five to 25 years in prison.
Lander Police Department officers were dispatched at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, to Loaf 'n Jug, 195 Main St. in Lander, where a commercial panic alarm had been set off.
LPD public information officer Duane Kaiser said Tendore is alleged to have walked into the business "and used a handgun to commit an armed robbery."
According to an affidavit filed in the case, when officers arrived at the scene, the suspect had already fled, with a witness stating he had run into a nearby alley.
The suspect was described as wearing all black, with a veil over his face.
Other witnesses at the scene told officers the suspect may have gotten into a black GMC Acadia. The witness said he wrote down the license plate number and followed the vehicle to Lynn Gardens "due to the suspicious actions."
An off-duty sergeant in the area heard that piece of information on his police radio and located Tendore carrying a large, black backpack in the back parking lot of Lynn Gardens.
According to the affidavit, Tendore told officers the gun used in the robbery was in the backpack, along with a "wad of cash," grey sweatpants and pair of shoes. At first the handgun appeared to be a 1911, but after examination police determined it was a Daisy BB gun.
Clerks at the Loaf 'n Jug identified Tendore as the suspect and confirmed the BB gun found was the one used in the robbery. The victim of the robbery told officers she had been in the south checkout stand when she noticed Tendore, who was wearing a black top and light-colored pants. He wasn't in the store long, she said, but after he left the first time he returned wearing a black hoodie with a veil pulled over his face. He was holding a black handgun sideways, she said.
"Tendore pointed the gun right at her and said, 'Put it in the bag!'" the affidavit states. "(The victim) said she didn't see a bag, and placed all the cash on the counter. ... Tendore then gathered the cash and quickly exited the store."
Detective Sgt. Randy Lutterman interviewed Tendore later that day, the affidavit states; at that time, "Tendore admitted to robbing the Loaf n Jug in Lander by using a BB handgun."
Tendore said he wanted the money for food, rent and fines, Lutterman said; the suspect also "lamented being unable to get a job and being treated poorly," citing those reasons as the motive for his crime.
"Tendore described obtaining specific items to commit the robbery, including clothing, scarves and the Daisy BB handgun," the affidavit states. "Tendore stated, 'I knew it was wrong. I did it because I wanted to. Nobody is going to care if I go to jail. During Tendore's court hearing last week, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Robert Denhardt informed Tendore of the formal charge against him and the possible sentence it carries. Denhardt asked if Tendore understood what was going on, and Tendore quietly responded, "Yes, sir."A preliminary hearing was tentatively set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.
This is the not the first time Tendore has been charged in a robbery in Fremont County: Almost exactly two years ago, Tendore was charged with aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in Riverton.
Officials at the time said Tendore had walked into the Pit Stop, 819 S. Federal Blvd. in Riverton, dressed only in a sports bra, short-shorts and tennis shoes. Tendore allegedly pointed a gun over the counter at the clerk, who handed over about $300 in cash.
His accomplice, Rae'Chelle Rae'Lene Charley, who was 16 at the time, had gone inside first to make sure the clerk was alone, according to previous reports. Charley was arrested the next day, charged with aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Investigators believe a third individual was involved in the robbery as well, but that person was never named in police reports.
After the robbery, the trio involved drove in a silver 2008 GMC pickup truck to an unknown location on the Wind River Indian Reservation, where Tendore and Charley dropped off the third individual, RPD Det. Dan Ladd wrote in an affidavit in the case. Next, the detective believes Tendore and Charley drove toward Kinnear, but they ran out of gas about one mile east of town. They apparently walked to the Kinnear store, according to reports; witnesses recalled speaking with two people there - one dressed in a red or pink sweatshirt and black sweatpants, and the other dressed in a black sports bra and short red or pink shorts. One of the witnesses remembered asking the two if they had money for gas, detectives said; in response the individual in the short-shorts pulled a roll of cash from the sports bra.
A witness gave the two individuals a ride to their truck, and after refueling, the pair continued toward Riverton, where they retrieved the clothing Tendore had removed prior to the robbery, according to reports.
Tendore's bond was set at $100,000 cash at that time. Judge Wesley Roberts explained the high amount, stating, "I get concerned about the potential for violence and the potential for the death of another human being."
The result of the 2015 case is unavailable, as Tendore was 16 at the time and was bound over to juvenile court.
In the state of Wyoming, if suspects are under the age of 18, a judge can decide whether or not to charge that suspect as a juvenile or as an adult depending on the nature of the crime. If the suspect is charged as a juvenile, documents that were once public record, along with decisions made in juvenile court, are no longer available.