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Man pleads guilty in bank robbery case

January 29, 2003

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man accused of robbing the Citizen's National Bank in Martinsburg of $8,876 on Oct. 28 pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater to one count of bank robbery.

Jerry L. Vandevender II, 33, of 273 Dunnview Drive, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. He was in custody awaiting sentencing, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston.

After the 10:45 a.m. robbery, deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department interviewed tellers at the bank who gave a description of the robber.

Based on their investigation, Lt. K.C. Bohrer and Sgt. Russell Shackelford began watching Vandevender's home two days later and spotted a Mercury Mountaineer that matched the description of the car that witnesses said the robber used.

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As the two waited for additional officers to arrive, Vandevender came home. He matched the description of the man police had seen on surveillance video footage, Bohrer said at the time of the arrest.

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