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Man sentenced to 10 years in Hagerstown bank robbery

Judge suspended 10 years of Jacob Malachi Adams' 20-year sentence

April 10, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Jacob Malachi Adams, 22, of 330 McDowell Ave., Hagerstown, and Jared Jones Reeder, 25, of 3923 Duvall Ave., Baltimore, Md.
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An exploding dye packet helped lead police to the arrest of two men in a bank robbery last year, one of whom pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court this week and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jacob Malachi Adams, 22, formerly of 330 McDowell Ave., pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed robbery in the Nov. 15, 2012, holdup of the Susquehanna Bank branch on Salem Avenue.

Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Adams to 20 years with all but 10 years suspended, court records said. In exchange for the plea, other criminal charges in the case were dismissed, including assault, theft and use of a firearm in a crime of violence, court records said.

Dwyer ordered that Adams be placed on supervised probation for three years once he is released from prison, court records said.

An alleged accomplice, Jared Jones Reeder, 26, of 3923 Duvall Ave. in Baltimore, was scheduled to be in court Tuesday, but his case was postponed, Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes said Wednesday.

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On the day of the robbery, two men entered the bank with handguns, jumped the counter and stole $12,988.25 in cash, Debes said Wednesday.

The next day, a clerk at the AC&T on Burhans Boulevard called police after someone tried to pass what the clerk believed was a counterfeit bill, Hagerstown police said at the time. The bill was real, but stained with dye from exploding dye packs included with the money, police said.

Police stopped the vehicle Adams and Reeder were in and found money identified as being stolen in the robbery, police said.

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