2010-03-25 / Front Page

Bank Robber Waives Right To Preliminary Hearing

Mandatory arraignment to be scheduled for Richard Fox Jr.
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Richard Fox Richard Fox A Franklin County man accused of robbing the Waterfall branch of Community State Bank of Orbisonia has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

In appearing before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson on Monday, Richard McKinley Fox Jr. opted to waive the hearing scheduled on one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and three counts of robbery in connection with the bank heist. Each count of robbery ranges from a felony one to felony three based on the various degrees the female bank teller involved was threatened with bodily injury.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed on March 3, investigating officer Trooper Blaine Henderson of the McConnellsburg state police substation reported Fox entered the bank located at 994 Waterfall Road on February 22 at 9:38 a.m. Fox approached the bank teller wearing an olive green jacket, red T-shirt, blue jeans, boots and a tobogganstyle cap and passed her a handwritten note demanding money.

According to the charging documents, Fox also informed the teller not to give him any fake money and not to set off the alarm. “Fox also said ‘you don’t want me to come back here’ or something very similar,” Henderson stated in the affidavit.

Fox allegedly walked out of the bank with the note in hand as well as $1,764 in a white plastic grocery bag. He was observed travelling north on New Grenada Highway in an older model Chevrolet Lumina that had no hubcaps on one side.

Three days later, state police noted, they received two anonymous tips stating Fox was the robber. The Megan’s Law registry further revealed to investigators that the 42-year-old man operated a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina, and Fox’s parents confirmed their son possessed their vehicle, a Chevrolet Lumina, at the time of of the robbery. His parents also pointed out their vehicle was missing its hubcaps on the driver’s side.

As a result of a follow-up in- terview with Fox’s girlfriend in Waynesboro, state police learned Fox allegedly left her home at 4 a.m. on February 22. Upon his return home later that morning at 11 a.m., Fox gave the woman $800.

Fox has also been linked to the February 26 robbery of Susquehanna Bank located at 15762 Pennsylvania Avenue in Antrim Township, Franklin County. During the robbery, Fox reportedly entered the bank at 3:05 p.m. and demanded cash from a teller before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. Charges in connection with the Franklin County robbery were filed through Magisterial District Judge David Hawbaker, who set Fox’s bail at $50,000.He currently remains lodged in the Franklin County Prison.

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