2012-10-10 / Front Page

Deneen Pleads Guilty In Bank Heist

To be sentenced November 6
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Aaron Deneen Aaron Deneen NEWS EDITOR

A McConnellsburg man has entered a formal plea in connection with the recent robbery of a branch office of F&M Trust.

Aaron Lee Deneen of 380 Lions Park Drive appeared before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Angela R. Krom on Tuesday, October 2, for mandatory arraignment on charges of robbery, theft by unlawful taking and terroristic threats. Represented by Public Defender Dwight Harvey, the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to robbery of a financial institution.

He is currently being held in the Franklin County Prison after having waived extradition from Maryland. Deneen was apprehended in Baltimore on August 31 by the Baltimore City Police Department, three days after police issued a public notice stating he was sought in connection with the robbery of the Penn’s Village branch of F&M Trust.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Cpl. William Baker of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in McConnellsburg alleged Deneen entered the Ayr Township-based bank at 2:39 p.m. on August 28. He reportedly handed a female teller a handwritten note stating “give me what you have and you will not get hurt.” Police added the teller complied by emptying her drawer and handing Deneen $6,692 in cash.

“Deneen then asked politely for the note back,” the affidavit said.

Deneen was quickly identified as the robber as he reportedly made no attempts to conceal his identity from bank officials. He wore no mask and was said to have been been wearing a grey hoodie, black shorts, a baseball hat and sunglasses. He did not use or display a weapon during the heist.

In speaking with bank officials, one employee confirmed for police investigators Deneen was “without a doubt” responsible for the robbery. Police noted Deneen has an account with the bank and has been in the branch office on several occasions. On one of those instances he applied for a loan, but was denied, charging documents indicate.

The charge of robbery of a financial institution carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He will be sentenced on November 6.

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