2010-05-20 / Front Page

Waterfall Bank Robber Enters Guilty Plea

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fox Fox A man accused of robbing a northern Fulton County bank earlier this year by handing a teller a handwritten note demanding money and a plastic grocery bag opted to enter a plea this week during formal arraignment proceedings.

In appearing before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Angela Rosenberry Krom, Richard McKinley Fox Jr. of 411 Fairview Avenue, Waynesboro, pleaded guilty to two of the original four counts filed against him in connection with the February 22 bank heist.

Fox entered a plea of guilty to one count of robbery, a felony two, as well as one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition listed as a misdemeanor one. He was represented during the May 11 court proceeding by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard.

In charging documents previously filed, Trooper Blaine Henderson of the Pennsylvania State Police, McConnellsburg substation, maintains Fox entered the Waterfall branch of Community State Bank of Orbisonia at 9:38 a.m. He passed the female teller a torn piece of white notebook paper with a scrawled, handwritten message asking for money before verbally requesting she put the money in a white plastic grocery-style bag he was carrying.

Fox was last seen heading north on New Grenada Highway in an older model Chevrolet Lumina that was lacking several hubcaps.

Anonymous tips led investigators to Fox, 42, who was coincidentally listed under the Megan’s Law registry as having access to a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina. Fox’s parents confirmed for police their son was using their car, a Lumina, when the heist occurred on February 22.

Documents further state Fox’s girlfriend told investigators he was wearing a gray jacket, jeans, red T-shirt and boots when he returned home two hours after the robbery had occurred with $800 in cash in hand. Bank officials had already reported the robber was wearing an olive green jacket, red T-shirt, blue jeans, boots and a toboggan-style cap.

Since the initial robbery, Fox has been implicated in a follow-up heist at Susquehanna Bank in Antrim Township on February 26. He allegedly entered the bank at 3:05 p.m. and demanded cash from a teller before fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

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