Minneapolis man pleads guilty to three counts of first-degree burglary


On Feb. 3, Robert Buckingham, 33, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree burglary, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday. He will be sentenced on March 16. Buckingham will serve a total of 184 months in prison on all three cases.

According to criminal complaints, on June 2, 2019, Buckingham entered through the front door of a residence on the 2700 block of 12th Ave. S., threatened people inside with a handgun and took money from the home.

At the same residence on Aug. 11, 2019, Buckingham zip-tied a teenager at knife point, ransacked the home and stole an estimated $10,000 in cash. Video surveillance showed Buckingham walking outside the home and driving away, the complaint states.

On June 26, 2019, Buckingham broke into a home at the 2700 block of 15th Ave. S. and punched a man in the face while pointing a handgun at him. Buckingham fled before police arrived but was later identified by investigators in surveillance video.

A search warrant on Buckingham’s home resulted in the recovery of the clothing he was seen wearing in the Aug. 11 video and just over $10,000 in cash. Phone record data also showed Buckingham in the same vicinity during the June burglaries, the complaint says.