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Man pleads guilty in W.Va. bank robbery

June 18, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who was charged in a bank robbery last summer and who was also charged with taking money from another business pleaded guilty to two counts of non-aggravated robbery Monday, said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.

Ronnie D. Dupuy was sentenced to five to 18 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge David Sanders for each of the two counts, Games-Neely said.

The two sentences will run concurrently, Games-Neely said.

A crack cocaine possession charge was dropped under the agreement, Games-Neely said.

Dupuy was indicted for taking $3,454 from Huntington Bank, according to Berkeley County Circuit Court records.

Dupuy was also indicted for taking $200 belonging to Exxon and possessing crack cocaine, said court records.

The bank robbery occurred on Aug. 31 at Huntington Bank at 100 S. Queen St. in Martinsburg.

An investigation conducted by Martinsburg Police and the FBI revealed the robber presented a note to the teller which stated "this is a stick up" on paper that appeared to be from a day planner, police said.

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The teller told police the man was acting as if he had a gun. After getting $3,454 in a bag, the man fled.

On Sept. 3, city police got information that a man whose appearance matched the bank surveillance photo was driving a tan Lincoln with temporary Maryland tags, police said.

Cpl. John Sherman spotted the car at 9 p.m. on the corner of Race and Queen streets and pulled DuPuy over.

Sherman learned DuPuy was wanted on a fugitive warrant charging him with credit card fraud in Pennsylvania and was sought in connection with a strong-arm robbery earlier that day at the Exxon Station in the North End.

Police said they found money and suspected drugs in the car when they stopped it.

- Dave McMillion

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