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Woman gets prison for bank robberies
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A Brockway woman pleaded guilty before Clearfield County Judge Paul E. Cherry yesterday to conspiring to rob the same bank twice, in addition to several other theft-related offenses. Michele Ann Garvey, 24, currently incarcerated in Jefferson County Jail, was ordered to serve 2-5 years in the State Correctional Institute for Women in Muncy to be served consecutive to all charges currently being served on the first case of criminal conspiracy/robbery. On the second case of robbery (two counts), Garvey was ordered to serve a concurrent term of six months to two years in state prison.
According to affidavits of probable cause, on Dec. 18 and Dec. 31, 2012, Garvey's co-defendant, Kevin Bundy, 22, went to the S & T Bank, on W. Scribner Avenue, DuBois, and told the cashier to give him money from the cash drawer. The first occasion, he fled with $900 in cash while Garvey waited in the car. On the second occasion, the cashier was not able to give him any money from her drawer and he fled before she was able to give him the money. These charges were filed by DuBois City Police.
On Jan. 4, 2013, Sandy Township police were called by the owner of Cash 4 Gold store who was viewing his web camera from another location and witnessed the store employee handing Bundy an envelope of money and then being told to lay down on the floor. Garvey waited in the car. The store reported $395 was taken.
Police were provided information from a concerned citizen that Bundy and Garvey were getting into a lot of trouble lately and had recently been incarcerated in JCJ. Police went to JCJ and spoke with Bundy and Garvey and both confessed to the robberies. Garvey told police she thought the gun used by Bundy was an air pistol that he painted black.
In a separate interview with Bundy, he told police it was a toy gun and he smashed it and threw the pieces in a creek in Brockway.
On two more cases of retail theft, Garvey was ordered to serve a concurrent six months to two years in state prison. On these cases, both Garvey and Bundy were in Your Jewelry Box in Sandy Twp. on Jan. 11, and were observed removing a pad of yellow gold baby rings and woman's Pulsar watch. The items were valued at $750. While investigating the theft, police were told of other items missing and reviewed surveillance footage, learning that Bundy and Garvey were in the store on several other occasions and had removed valuable pieces of jewelry. Garvey would distract the store clerk while Bundy removed the items. Store employees determined that more than $4,500 worth of items were taken.
Garvey and Bundy were charged with the same thing at Tonnells Jewelry Store in Brookville.
Prior to sentencing, the court asked Garvey if there was anything she wanted to say. After she replied no, the court admonished her for traumatizing the victims. She then said she was sorry and blamed her drug addiction.
Earlier this month, Garvey was sentenced in Jefferson County Jail to retail theft and ordered to serve three months to two years in the state prison.
In addition, on a probation violation, she was ordered to serve 3½ to 7 years in the state prison consecutive to the retail theft. Clearfield County's sentence will be served consecutive to these cases for a total of 51 months to 19 years in the state prison.
Bundy was sentenced Friday by Clearfield County Judge Paul E. Cherry and was ordered to serve 10-30 years consecutive to his Jefferson County sentence of 45 months to 108 months in the state prison for a total of 55 months to 138 months in state prison.
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