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Woman arraigned in bank robbery

December 14, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman charged with robbing more than $3,000 from a Martinsburg bank last week by claiming she had a bomb was arraigned Tuesday on one count of bank robbery, according to court records.

Kerri Lynn Davis, 30, of 128 Elmwood Road, Winchester, Va., was being held Tuesday night in Eastern Regional Jail on $300,000 bail.

First United Bank at 980 Foxcroft Ave. was robbed at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, by a woman who approached a teller and passed her a note. The note demanded money and indicated that the robber had a bomb; no bomb was shown, police said.

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The woman also placed a pink bag on the counter and handed the teller a paper bag in which to place the cash, police said. Investigators determined that $3,280 was taken, records state.

Later that day, after providing the media with surveillance photos taken during the robbery, Martinsburg Police Department Detective Sgt. George Swartwood received a call from a man who believed the photos depicted his niece, records state.

He provided police with Davis' address in Winchester, saying he believed she lived with her aunt. Police went to the home but were not able to find Davis, records state.

The car used in the robbery, an older-model Buick with large rust spots on its roof and trunk, was found a day after the robbery behind a home on North Loudon Street in Winchester, police said.

A stepsister of Davis was shown surveillance video photos taken during the robbery and told police the woman in them was Davis, and also said the car found by police belonged to her stepsister, records state.

On Dec. 8, Davis called someone in Winchester and said she had been contemplating suicide, police have said. Police tracked down the number in Owings Mills, Md., from which she called, prompting Swartwood to call Davis and engage her in a "lengthy conversation," police have said.

Afterward, Davis agreed to turn herself in to police outside of a grocery store in Owings Mills, police said.

On arraignment paperwork that Davis filled out Tuesday, she indicated she has no source of income and listed a 12-year-old son as her only dependent. She listed her only asset as a 1986 Buick Century, records state.

Conviction on a charge of bank robbery carries a sentence of 10 to 25 years in prison.

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