Washington County woman sentenced in Pennsylvania, West Virginia bank robberies

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A Washington County woman who helped her boyfriend rob a series of banks in two states in 2010 will spend the next 51 months in federal prison.

Jessica Crawford, 32, of Marianna, also was ordered to pay more than $31,000 in restitution.

A federal judge in Clarksburg, W.Va., imposed the sentence Thursday. Ms. Crawford entered a guilty plea in November to robbing a bank in Weirton, W.Va., on Dec. 3, 2010.

Federal prosecutors and the FBI said Ms. Crawford helped Rudolph Haladyna rob that bank and several others during a four-month period in the winter of 2010, each time serving as his getaway driver.

Mr. Haladyna robbed five banks in all and is serving 20 years.

The heists started Sept. 13, 2010, when he robbed the Charleroi Federal Savings Bank in Bentleyville, Washington County, wearing a black mask and carrying a revolver.

He also was wearing a white latex glove on his gun hand, witnesses said. He ordered everyone to the ground and made off with $5,119.

He next robbed the PNC branch in Redstone, Fayette County, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 29, the FBI said. The pair held up a Huntington Bank in Morgantown on Nov. 23 and then a United Bank in Weirton on Dec. 3.

But law enforcement was closing in by then, because a witness had provided a partial license plate number of the getaway car and picked Mr. Haladyna out of a lineup.

Police later obtained an arrest warrant for him for outstanding traffic violations and a court order to place a tracking device on his mother's car, which authorities believed he was using to rob the banks.

On Dec. 10, police watched the pair as they cased banks in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, then drove north on Interstate 79. Pennsylvania troopers pulled over the car near Washington and found the gun and the mask inside.

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Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-2653-1510. First Published April 4, 2013 12:45 AM


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