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Man pleads guilty in bank robbery

February 27, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man this week pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court for his role in a bank robbery last summer that netted $17,000, including "bait money" that helped police solve the crime.

Antonio Barrientos, 19, of 575 S. Main St., pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree felony robbery in the Aug. 22, 2008, holdup at the M&T Bank at 1750 Philadelphia Ave.

In exchange for the plea, charges of criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering other people were dismissed.

Two masked men robbed the bank at 10:30 a.m. One of them was armed with a handgun. A witness walking near the bank saw a Lincoln drive from the scene and noted its license plate number, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

On Sept. 4, police found a Honda parked illegally at 751 Fairground Ave. that had a license plate matching the one on the Lincoln. The car was towed and a woman later went to Rife Motors to pay the towing bill.

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The woman used seven $5 bills that had serial numbers matching a packet of bait money taken by the robbers, police alleged. She alleged to police the money was given to her by Jairo Herrera of 751 Fairground Ave.

After interviewing Herrera, police questioned Barreintos and charged both men in the robbery.

Herrera's case is pending. He is scheduled for the May trial term, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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