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Man pleads innocent in Pa. robbery

March 26, 1998|By DON AINES

Man pleads innocent in Pa. robbery

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged in a 1995 bank robbery pleaded innocent Wednesday in Franklin County Court and his case was scheduled for the May trial term.

Oscar Timothy Robinson, 55, of 1075 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, was returned to Pennsylvania from Raleigh, N.C., in October, according to court documents.

The robbery occurred on Sept. 19, 1995, at the Unitas National Bank branch at 1720 Lincoln Way East, according to the Pennsylvania State Police affidavit of probable cause. The report said two men armed with handguns entered the bank at 5:41 p.m. and forced bank employees to turn over $24,550.

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From bank surveillance tapes and a photographic lineup shown to bank employees, Robinson was tentatively identified as a suspect, according to court records. The records stated he left the state shortly after being contacted by an FBI agent in connection with the robbery.

The court records said Robinson was arrested on Aug. 26, 1997, in Raleigh and returned to Franklin County on Oct. 6.

Robinson is charged with robbery, simple assault and theft, court records said. He is free on $50,000 bond.

In another case, sentencing was postponed for a man convicted of committing five bank robberies in Franklin County.

Jason Tucker Brown's sentencing had been scheduled before Judge John Walker, but Walker's wife is on the board of directors of one of the banks Brown held up three times, according to the court order granting the continuance. Judge Douglas Herman is scheduled to sentence Brown on April 8.

Brown, 26, of Chambersburg, pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to holding up the F&M Bank in Mont Alto, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1996, and Dec. 19, 1996, and again on Jan. 2, 1997, according to court records. He also pleaded guilty to robbing the PNCB Bank branch in Chambersburg on Oct. 22, 1996, and the Chambersburg Trust Co. branch at 1798 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, on Dec. 6, 1996.

According to court records, he stole more than $30,000 in the robberies.

Brown's accomplice in two of the robberies, Kris Eugene Jones, 26, of Fayetteville, Pa., pleaded guilty last year to theft and criminal conspiracy and was sentenced to 15 months to 10 years in state prison.

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